In the early hours of Sunday, Italy and Fiorentina defender Davide Astori was found dead in his sleep in his hotel room.
The cause of his sudden death isn’t confirmed yet but it’s been suspected to be cardiac arrest.
Fiorentina were supposed to go against Udinese later today but the game has been suspended and all other remaining Serie A Matchday 27 games billed for today, including the Milan Derby, has been postponed in respect of La Voila’s deceased skipper.
The 31-year-old’s death was first announced by the club through their Twitter handle in a voice heavy with shock and sadness.
La Fiorentina profondamente sconvolta si trova costretta a comunicare che e' scomparso il suo capitano Davide Astori, colto da improvviso malore.
Per la terribile e delicata situazione, e soprattutto per rispetto della sua famiglia si fa appello alla sensibilità di tutti. pic.twitter.com/bFGnkReWEC
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 4, 2018
“We are deeply shocked and forced to communicate that our captain Davide Astori has died due to a sudden illness.”
“For the terrible and delicate situation and out of respect for his family we make an appeal to every football personality”.
Astori was a product of AC Milan youth system. He had played with Pizzighettone, Cagliari and Roma before moving to Fiorentina in summer 2015. He had 109 appearances for the Fiorence club and was just handed the responsibility of team captain early this season before his untimely call to the beyond.