Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31 following a “sudden illness”.
The Italian international passed away on Sunday morning at the hotel where the club where staying prior to Sunday’s Serie A match with Udinese.
Reports suggest Astori died in his sleep and as a result of the tragedy, all of Sunday’s Serie A games have been postponed as a show of respect.
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
A statement from Fiorentina read: “Fiorentina is deeply saddened to announce that our captain Davide Astori has passed away, after suffering a sudden illness.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
A former AC Milan centre-back, Astori also played for Cagliari and enjoyed loan spells with Roma and Fiorentina before making his move to Florence a permanent one in 2016.
In total the Fiorentina captain had been capped 14 times by Italy.
Messages of condolences have been pouring in from all over the world following news of his passing.
The FIGC's thoughts are with the directors, coaches and staff who knew and respected Davide throughout Italian football, while we also offer our most profound condolences to the Astori family. pic.twitter.com/nCQbfmyPwN
— Italy (@azzurri) March 4, 2018
— Edin Džeko (@EdDzeko) March 4, 2018
Astori ? what a tragedy … #RIP all my thoughts for the family and peers ???
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) March 4, 2018
A man who loved football and who grew up as footballer with us. #ACMilan are shocked by the passing of Davide #Astori. It is with great sadness that we offer our deepest condolences to his family and closed ones and to ACF Fiorentina
— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 4, 2018
RIP Davide #Astori ?
My thoughts are with his family and his friends ??
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) March 4, 2018
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) March 4, 2018
We’re saddened by the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Our condolences are with his friends and family.
RIP Davide. pic.twitter.com/AlIqBNoSJ6
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 4, 2018
Rest in peace, Davide ?
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 4, 2018
Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at this time.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 4, 2018