Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Italy player and Fiorentina FC captain Davide Astori dies, aged 31

Italy player and Fiorentina FC captain Davide Astori dies, aged 31

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died, aged 31.

"Davide Astori, Italy global defender and captain of Fiorentina died of natural causes after a 'cardiac circulatory collapse".

All of today's games are postponed due to mourning.

A tweet from Juventus' official account read: "On this day of tragedy, Juventus expresses its deepest condolences to Davide Astori's family and Fiorentina".

"Fiorentina is deeply upset to have to announce that its captain Davide Astori has passed away, victim of a sudden illness", said the statement.

His longtime girlfriend was model Francesca Fioretti with whom they had a 2-year-old daughter, Vittoria, according to a CNN report of Italian media outlets.

The team were scheduled to play Udinese this afternoon, but bosses have scrapped the fixture.

His wife was informed of the news by Fiorentina directors who visited her personally, while Astori's parents, who live in Bergamo, were told on the telephone. Several - many of whom had played with Astori for Italy - walked off in tears.

Two years later he moved to Cagliari - the club where he would make his name.

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He joined the latter on a permanent basis in 2016 and made 57 appearances for the Florence squad, scoring three times.

Conte managed the dad-of-one during his spell as Italy manager between 2014-16 and looked visibly distressed when asked about his former player.

It is a sport in which the athletes dedicate their lives and Astori was privileged to represent the sport he loved, and Italian football was privileged to have Astori represent the national team and the Italian league throughout his career.

Radja Nainggolan, Astori's former Cagliari teammate wrote on Instagram: "A great player, but even more than that, a great person".

Astori made his Italian debut in 2011 and played at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, where he scored against Uruguay.

All seven of Sunday's Serie A games have been postponed following the tragic news.

Several other prominent figures in football, have posted messages on social media in honour of Astori's memory, including Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon.

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