Fiorentina Captain Davide Astori Dies At The Age Of 31

Fiorentina captain Astori dies suddenly club says

Astori, who was also an Italian global was found dead in his hotel room.

However Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said that Astori showed "no warning signs" of having any illness. Davide was sleeping in a room on his own.

Chelsea manager Conte, who coached the defender when his was in charge of Italy, said the player's death was a "tragedy".

Italy's top football league postponed its Sunday games to mourn the loss of Fiorentina captain and Italy worldwide Davide Astori, whose team said he died of sudden illness at the age of 31.

"Due to the awful and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, an appeal is made to everyone's sensitivity". Many questions remain [VIDEO] about how someone seemingly so healthy could suddenly just pass away. All seven of today's fixtures in the Italian top flight have been postponed as a mark of respect. However, both sides featured players who knew Astori well.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said coaching Astori when he was a player for Cagliari in 2008-2010 "has been a privilege", according to ANSA.

He made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017.

But a day before the transfer was set to go through, he instead agreed a new contract with Cagliari. He was loaned to Roma in 2014 and to Fiorentina in 2015.

Astori's death was ruled to have been of natural causes, "cardiac circulatory collapse" - a type of heart attack.

"Following the tragic news this morning that struck the ACF Fiorentina and the whole world of football, on the disposition of the league the match Udinese-Fiorentina was postponed to date to be earmarked", they confirmed on Twitter.

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He also played for Cagliari and Roma, before joining Fiorentina in 2016 after a successful loan spell.

Astori's professional soccer career spans 12 years.

Fiorentina's goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was apparently with Astori playing Playstation until 23:30 the night before.

Astori leaves behind a wife and a two-year-old daughter.

The football world was left in shock over the loss of the veteran defender as condolences poured in for the Italian.

Fiorentina were scheduled to play Udinese in Serie A on Sunday afternoon but the game has been called off.

"It's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family".

AC Milan tweeted: "A man who loved football and who grew up as a footballer with us".

Astori started out in the Milan youth academy.

"The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the family of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori following the very sad news of his death", Everton wrote.

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