How Serie A team captain Astori died

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How Serie A team captain Astori died

Italian football icon Gianluigi Buffon has led the tributes to ACF Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died suddenly aged 31.

He leaves behind long-term girlfriend Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

But the pain felt and the tears cried for the Captain of my team was real on Sunday morning, a feeling of loss that I will never forget.

Astori, in his 10th Serie A season, was found dead in his hotel room in Udine, where Fiorentina had been due to face Udinese at the Dacia Arena later on Sunday.

"I had him with the national team".

His wife was informed of the news by Fiorentina directors who visited her personally, while Astori's parents, who live in Bergamo, were told on the telephone. It's very hard to speak about this tragedy. The Viola were due to kick off away at Udinese in just three hours, and it seemed like there must have been a mistake, that such a bad rumour had perhaps spiraled out of control on social media.

Buffon said he did not usually make a habit of expressing his feelings about others.

As reported earlier, Italian Fiorentina captain Davide Astori died of a heart attack during the night on Sunday. "Professional athletes are forced to undergo tests at least once every six months, but the risk of sudden death remains, as the statistics show that it can happen to one athlete in every 100,000 under the age of 35".

Astori's body was taken to a hospital in Udine for an autopsy. He got on the field in March 2011 for a friendly against Ukraine, which Italy won 2-0.

Astori scored his only Azzurri goal against Uruguay in the third-place match of the 2013 Confederations Cup. Italy would go on to win the match on penalty kicks.

There have already been discussions regarding the reimbursement of ticket prices to fans who planned to be in attendance for the game however, there has been an even greater problem encountered by Italian Football Federation with regards to the rescheduling of last weekends fixtures. #ACMilan are shocked by the passing of Davide #Astori.

DAVIDE ASTORI was due to commit his future to Fiorentina for the rest of his career this afternoon, according to club president Andrea Della Valle.

The teams were already on the pitch and warming up for the lunchtime match between Genoa and Cagliari when news broke of Astori's death. How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma I still can't believe it.

The English Football Association announced that Astori will be honored in England's global friendly against Italy at Wembley Stadium later this month.

Matteo Renzi, a former mayor of Florence and now leader of the Democrat Party in Sunday's Italian election, tweeted: "This seems to me impossible".

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