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Fiorentina captain, Italy star Astori dies aged 31

Fiorentina captain, Italy star Astori dies aged 31

A judicial inquiry had been launched following the death of the player, who was found dead in his hotel room in Udine, where his team was due to play Udinese on Sunday.

Davide Astori, the captain of Fiorentina and a former Italian national team player, died suddenly on Sunday morning. "In this bad and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity".

Fiorentina captain and Italy global Davide Astori has died at the age of 31, and all of Sunday's Serie A games have been postponed. Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin broke into tears, while former Cagliari manager Massimiliano Allegri, now with Juventus, said "coaching him was a privilege".

He joined Cagliari in 2008 where spent most of his career there in 174 global match appearances.

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Astori signed permanently for Fiorentina in 2016, and faced the unenviable task of replacing Gonzalo Rodriguez as captain this season after the club made the decision to sell the latter against both his own and the fans' wishes in the summer.

All seven of Sunday's Serie A games have been postponed following the tragic news.

He was a modest and outstanding professional to the game and he will be greatly missed, it is moments like this that remind us that football is more than just a game. "He was a great player, especially a fantastic guy".

All Serie A matches were subsequently called off in the wake of Astori's death, which has been said to have stemmed from a heart attack in his sleep. "All the games scheduled today are postponed as a sign of mourning".

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Astori won 14 caps for Italy during his career.

"You were the best expression of an ancient, surpassed world, in which values such as altruism, elegance, education and respect for others, were masters".

"Often people say "the show must go on" but that's not always right for me. You've been one of the best sportspeople I've ever met".

Astori leaves behind a wife and a young daughter. He also represented Cagliari and AC Milan. He spent six years in Sardinia and made his national team debut before being sent out on loan to Roma in 2014.

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