Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies of sudden illness, says Serie A club

Italian media said that Davide Astori, who had played around a dozen matches for Italy and was Fiorentina’s captain, was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday.

football Updated: Mar 04, 2018 18:13 IST
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Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died, the club has announced. He was 31. Astori was found in the early hours of Sunday morning March 4, 2018 in his hotel room in Udine, where the team was staying ahead of an Italian league match. (AP)

Fiorentina captain and defender Davide Astori died of a sudden illness on Sunday morning, the Serie A club said on Twitter.

He was 31 years old.

“Fiorentina is deeply upset to have to announce that its captain Davide Astori has passed away, victim of a sudden illness,” said the 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.”

Italian media said that Astori, who had played around a dozen matches for Italy, was found dead in his hotel room.

Astori 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.

Serie A later said that all Sunday’s matches had been postponed following his death.

First Published: Mar 04, 2018 18:02 IST