Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passes away, aged 31

  • Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passes away, aged 31

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passes away, aged 31

Italy global and Serie A side Fiorentina's captain Davide Astori died at the age of 31 on Sunday, March 4.

Italy worldwide defender Davide Astori died in his hotel room on Saturday night after a "sudden illness", his club Fiorentina said on Sunday.

Fiorentina called on the media to respect Mr Astori's family in what it called a "terrible and delicate situation".

Astori was gearing up to for his team's league match against Udinese on Sunday, but breathed his last while sleeping due to "sudden illness", Fiorentina confirmed on Twitter.

"He was a fantastic guy", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who formerly coached Astori on the Italian team, in an interview with Sky Sports before his team's match against Manchester City.

Fiorentina's goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was apparently with Astori playing Playstation until 23:30 the night before.

Fiorentina captain Astori was found deceased in his hotel room in the lead-up to his side's clash with Udinese, before Serie A officials elected to postpone all fixtures following the tragic news.

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passes away, aged 31

"Davide was a true captain, a great person and it was an honour to have him hear for these years", he told reporters.

The club's match today has been postponed. It is attractive to see the world of football celebrate the life and career of Davide Astori despite his premature passing.

Astori leaves a wife Francesca and a two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

Astori scored his only worldwide goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place playoff against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said coaching Astori when he was a player for Cagliari in 2008-2010 "has been a privilege", according to ANSA.

He previously spent eight years at AC Milan after coming through the youth system.

Buffon, who wrote in a post on Instagram accompanied by a photo of the two players exchanging pennants before a game between their clubs, said he did not usually make a habit of expressing his feelings about others. "You've been one of the best sportspeople I've ever met".