Fiorentina's general manager Joe Barone looks on during an Italian...

Fiorentina's general manager Joe Barone looks on during an Italian Championship League soccer match between Sassuolo vand Fiorentina at Mapei stadium, in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on Feb. 26, 2022. Fiorentina’s Serie A match against Atalanta on Sunday, March 17, 2024, has been postponed after general manager Barone was rushed to hospital just a few hours before kickoff. Barone was reportedly taken to hospital in Milan by helicopter after falling ill at the team hotel in nearby Bergamo. Credit: AP/Massimo Paolone

FLORENCE, Italy — Fiorentina general manager Joe Barone has died following a cardiac arrest, the club said Tuesday. He was 57.

Barone fell ill on Sunday at the team hotel, shortly before Fiorentina’s match at Atalanta, and was rushed to a hospital in Milan. The Serie A match was subsequently postponed. Barone died at San Raffaele Hospital.

“It is with deep sorrow and immense sadness that Fiorentina confirms the loss of one of its figureheads, a person who has marked the recent history of the club and who will never be forgotten,” the club said in a statement.

“Everyone associated with Fiorentina are utterly devastated by the terrible loss of a man who showed great professionalism and gave his heart and soul for these colors. He was a treasured friend who always stayed strong in the happiest and, above all, the most difficult moments. The entire Viola world sends its heartfelt condolences to Giuseppe’s wife Camilla, his children and the entire Barone family during this time of immense sorrow.”

Barone was born in Italy but raised in New York. His wife, Camilla, rushed up from Florence on Sunday and his four children arrived from the United States on Monday morning.

Two weeks ago, Fiorentina marked the six-year anniversary of the death of captain Davide Astori, who was found dead in his hotel room after a cardiac arrest before a match at Udinese.

Fiorentina's next match is on March 30 at home against AC Milan.

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