Fiorentina captain and defender Davide Astori died of a sudden illness on Sunday morning at the age of 31, the Serie A club said.
Accord to News Agency of Nigeria, Italian media said that Astori was found dead in his hotel room in Udine, where Fiorentina had been due to face Udinese at the Dacia Arena later on Sunday.
“Fiorentina is deeply upset to have to announce that its captain Davide Astori has passed away, victim of a sudden illness,” said Fiorentina’s statement.
“Due to the terrible and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, an appeal is made to everyone’s sensibility.”
Naija News understands that Astori, who was in his 10th season as a Serie A player and made 289 top flight appearances, joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 and the club signed him outright one year later.
He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.
He made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017 and was in the squad at the Confederations Cup in 2013 where Italy finished third.
Serie A announced that all of Sunday’s matches, including the derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan, would be postponed.
In announcing the postponement of Sunday’s games, Serie A said:“Shocked by the tragic news, the whole family of the Lega Serie A unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina FC.”