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Stephan Beckenbauer, son of Franz, dies at 46 after long illness

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 27: Stephan Beckenbauer, headcoach of Bayern gestures during the B-Juniors match Bayern Muenchen vs VfB Stuttgart at the Sportpark Aschheim on June 27, 2009 in Aschheim, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 27: Stephan Beckenbauer, headcoach of Bayern gestures during the B-Juniors match Bayern Muenchen vs VfB Stuttgart at the Sportpark Aschheim on June 27, 2009 in Aschheim, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)

MUNICH --

Bayern Munich says the son of former club great Franz Beckenbauer, Stephan, has died after a long illness. He was 46.

The club and the Beckenbauer family gave no other details, except to say he died early Saturday.

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Stephan Beckenbauer had a brief Bundesliga career with FC Saarbruecken. He also played for 1860 Munich and Bayern Munich's amateur team. He later coached several youth sides of Bayern Munich.