Fiorentina, Italy defender Astori dies suddenly
Tragedy has struck Italian soccer as Fiorentina and Italy defender Davide Astori, 31, died suddenly overnight.
Astori was Fiorentina’s captain and a key member of La Viola and reports state he was found dead in the team hotel ahead of their Serie A game at Udinese on Sunday.
Fiorentina confirmed Astori’s death early on Sunday, saying their captain was struck by a “sudden illness” and the club was “deeply distraught” at the passing of a hugely influential figure.
Astori became a father two weeks ago and early reports suggest he died of a heart attack.
Their game against Udinese has been canceled as the club mourns Astori’s death, while all games in Serie A have been postponed on Sunday following the tragic news.
La Fiorentina profondamente sconvolta si trova costretta a comunicare che e' scomparso il suo capitano Davide Astori, colto da improvviso malore.— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 4, 2018
Per la terribile e delicata situazione, e soprattutto per rispetto della sua famiglia si fa appello alla sensibilità di tutti. pic.twitter.com/bFGnkReWEC
Astori played 14 times for the Italian national team and the center back previously played for AC Milan, Cagliari and Roma during his 12-year career.
Tributes have poured in from across Italian soccer for Astori.
On this day of tragedy, Juventus expresses its deepest condolences to Davide Astori’s family and Fiorentina.— JuventusFC 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@juventusfcen) March 4, 2018