By Martin Mongan
Davide Astori, a 31-year-old centre-half player from Italy was found dead in his hotel room on March 4th, hours before Fiorentina’s bout against Udinese.
The Italian FA decided to postpone the seven Serie A games that were scheduled to be played on Sunday as a mark of respect.
Astori was the Fiorentina captain and was capped by Italy on 14 occasions. It is believed that the Florentine club was to offer the 31-year-old a contract extension today.
ANSA, an Italian newswire has reported that Astori’s death was due to a “cardiocirculatory arrest” but is still unclear.
Astori’s former team tweeted: “Fiorentina is deeply shocked, and has to communicate that its captain Davide Astori has passed away, 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.”
The sportsman had also played for clubs Cagliari and AS Roma, who also paid tribute to the veteran centre back on Twitter.
Astori spent the majority of his football career with Cagliari. He joined the Rossoblu’s in 2008 from AC Milan, and made 174 appearances and netted three goals. He moved to Roma on loan in 2014 and then to Fiorentina in 2015. He joined Fiorentina on a permanent basis in 2016, making fifty-seven appearances and scoring three goals.
AC Milan, the club Davide started his career with and supported as a boy tweeted a message to his family, friends and Fiorentina.
Astori leaves behind his longtime girlfriend, model Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter, Vittoria.
May he rest in peace.