By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The soccer world is mourning the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. He was 31-years-old.
All Serie A games have been postponed for Sunday. The team has confirmed his death on their website.
They said he died of a cardiac arrest in the team hotel before its game with Udinese.
“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing could happen to a professional, who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”
Following his death, his body was taken to Santa Maria della Misericordia hospital, where they are going to perform an autopsy.
“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” the team said in a statement. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular, out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”
Astori has appeared in 345 games in his career and scored just eight goals. From 2016 through 2018 in 58 games with Fiorentina, he scored three goals.
He was initially loaned to Fiorentina in 2015, where he played in 33 games.
Astori also had three goals in 174 games with Cagilari from 2008 through 2016.
Besides being loaned to Fiorentina, he was also loaned to Roma, Pizzighettone, and Cremonese. He also played for Milan.
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