SOCCER: Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31, All Serie A games postponed

Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31 and all of Sunday’s Serie A games have been postponed.

Fiorentina confirmed the news on Sunday morning in a statement posted on the club’s official website, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting the defender died in his hotel room before the game against Udinese.

“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce that their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” a statement read. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”

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A statement read: “Shocked by this tragic news, all of the family of the Lega Serie A warmly unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina. All of today’s games are postponed due to mourning. Ciao Davide.”

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