FLORENCE, ITALY – Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, 31, found dead before Serie A match. Astori died of cardiocirculatory arrest while staying with his Fiorentina teammates in Udine. Fiorentina was slated to play Udinese on Sunday, one of seven Serie A fixtures postponed for the week.
The defender, who also played 14 times for Italy’s national team, was discovered by Fiorentina staff when he failed to show up for breakfast. Astori leaves behind his wife Francesca and their 2-year-old daughter.
“Fiorentina is deeply shocked, and has to communicate that its captain Davide Astori has passed away,” the Florence team said in a tweet. “Because of the terrible and delicate situation, and most of all for the respect due to his family, we make an appeal to everybody’s sensitiveness.”
In Florence, fans attached scarves, flowers and messages to the gates of the team’s stadium, while banners paying tribute to him were put up outside several other stadiums.