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Fiorentina Captain Davide Astori Dies At The Age Of 31

Fiorentina Captain Davide Astori Dies At The Age Of 31

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.

Unsurprisingly, Fiorentina's clash with Udinese has also been postponed. "It is unusual that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs".

"For this bad and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media", the club said.

He is survived by his longtime girlfriend and two-year-old daughter. To check everything was OK, the team's masseur went to Astori's room to see him.

There was an outpouring of shocked reaction across the soccer world.

The EFA sent a message of condolences to the Italian Olympic Committee and the Italian Football Federation regarding Astori's death. All of today's other Serie A matches have also been called off.

Astori was born on January 7, 1987, in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy.

Astori's death was announced by Fiorentina on Sunday. "The funeral will take place on Thursday in the Santa Croce basilica", the Serie A club said Monday on its Twitter account. "It's very hard at this moment to find the right words for the family", Conte told Sky Sports on Sunday ahead of his side's 1-0 loss to Manchester City.

"I send my most honest condolences to Davide's family and I thank you Davide for having been a great opponent on the pitch and for all you have done for football". On the field you were a humble and fair opponent, above all strong and always the last to give up, the first to give a word of comfort. I am close to the family and his loved ones. The players, upon learning of the death of his friend, not holding back tears, left the field. He wore a black armband during the match in tribute. "A great player and an even greater person", the Belgium worldwide posted on Instagram.

Buffon wrote on Instagram: 'You have a young wife and family members who are suffering.

"You were one of the best sports figures that I came across".

Among the other Serie A games to be postponed was Sunday evening's Milan derby between AC and Inter.

Astori joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 and the club signed him outright a year later.

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