Italy and Fiorentina defender Davide Astori passes away at 31

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Italy and Fiorentina defender Davide Astori passes away at 31

In a statement, a spokesperson for Serie A club Roma said: "The club is devastated to learn of the death of Davide Astori".

The #Soccer community is in mourning this Sunday morning.

Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday.

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori's death on Sunday on the eve of a Serie A clash between the Viola and Udinese sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world, with stars past and present posting tributes on social media to the 31-year-old defender.

Astori and the Fiorentina squad had been staying in a hotel in Udine ahead of their scheduled Serie A match with Udinese. We still don't know the cause of death.

Notably, Astori had played video games on his PlayStation with his Fiorentina teammate Marco Sportiello for an hour on Saturday evening, according to ESPN.

Astori was found dead on March 4, 2018, AFP reports.

Speaking to reporters outside Fiorentina's training ground, Della Valle explained how a meeting for Astori to sign a new contract was moved from last week because of awful weather conditions.

Astori joined the AC Milan youth academy and played for Cagliari and Roma before moving on loan to Fiorentina in 2015 and signing a long-term contract in 2016.

Astori won 14 caps for Italy during his career.

Two years later he moved to Cagliari - the club where he would make his name.

" A great player, but even more than that, a great person".

'I had him with the national team, i repeat it's very hard to speak in this moment about this tragedy.

He made his worldwide debut under coach Cesare Prandelli in March 2011 as a first-half substitute in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev before getting sent off with 17 minutes remaining. Italy would go on to win the match on penalty kicks.

"A man who loved football and who grew up with us".

Among the other Serie A games to be postponed was Sunday evening's Milan derby between AC and Inter.

"A great player, but an even bigger man, so many battles fought together in Cagliari before coming to Rome, I can not believe it", he wrote. Astori was the first to believe in this reboot for the club and we will always miss him.

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