Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has passed away

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has passed away

Club spokesman Arturo Mastronardi said: "The lad did not turn up to the team breakfast at 9.30am and he was usually the first to arrive". Davide was sleeping in a room on his own. "I am shocked by this bad tragedy".

Gianluigi Buffon has led the way for glowing tributes to Fiorentina captain and Italy worldwide Davide Astori, who passed away suddenly in his sleep at the age of 31.

"For the bad and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, appeal is made to everyone's sensibility", Fiorentina said. Many questions remain [VIDEO] about how someone seemingly so healthy could suddenly just pass away.

The club's match today has been postponed.

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Astori, who made 14 appearances for Italy, started his career at AC Milan and has gone on to play for the likes of Cagliari, AS Roma and Fiorentina.

The former AC Milan and Cagliari centre back enjoyed a remarkable time in his time with the Sardinians before joining the La Viola in a 12 year remarkable professional career.

He was also under the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United during David Moyes' stint.

In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina. We had prepared for a normal game - we would never have imagined that we would have to share this pain with Fiorentina and try to find an explanation for the death of a young man in the prime of his life.

Some reports suggested Astori had suffered a heart attack. ANSA, the Italian news wire, reported Astori died of "cardiocirculatory arrest" while staying with his Fiorentina teammates at the Best Western Hotel L- di Moret in Udine.

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The teams were already on the pitch and warming up for the lunchtime match between Genoa and Cagliari when news broke of Astori's death.

He joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 with the club signing him outright one year later.

Astori is survived by his wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter.

It is lovely to see the world of football celebrate the life and career of Davide Astori despite his premature passing. Thoughts are with Astori's family, Fiorentina and everyone who knew him.

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