Italian soccer star Davide Astori found dead in hotel room

Italian soccer star Davide Astori found dead in hotel room

Fiorentina's match against Udinese, and the following planned Genoa vs. Cagliari match, have been postponed out of respect for Astori. This news really hurt me. "This news really hurt me and it's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family".

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

The Italy global was a well-respected player in his home nation, especially in Florence, and it has since been announced by Viola chief Della Valle, according to ESPN journalist James Horncastle, that the defender was set to extend his stay with mid-table outfit shortly following this weekend's contest after the initial discussions were delayed due to the weather. It is very hard to explain this situation, his wife, the parents, the daughter'.

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.

Since joining Fiorentina, he played 106 matches and became the leading figure in the Italian club.

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

Buffon wrote on Instagram: 'You have a young wife and family members who are suffering.

Fiorentina's game was called off in the morning.

As a sign of respect, all Serie A matches scheduled for Sunday were suspended, Serie A and the Italian football federation FIGC announced.

The Italian soccer community is in shock following the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori during the night of Saturday to Sunday.

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It is believed Astori died of "cardio-circulatory arrest due to natural causes" - a type of heart attack - but that he showed "no warning signs" of having any illness, said Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo.

Astori's body has been taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.

Born in San Giovanni Bianco, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Milan, Astori was capped four times by the Italy Under-18 squad before he began his senior career with AC Milan in 2006.

He made his global 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.

Astori scored his only global goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2. The Azzurri won the contest on penalties.

The Rossoneri said of their former player on their Twitter account: "A man who loved football and who grew up as footballer with us". #ACMilan are shocked by the passing of Davide #Astori.

"For the bad and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, appeal is made to everyone's sensibility", Fiorentina said. He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, are due to face England in a friendly at Wembley later this month.

"It seems impossible. I'm in a state of disbelief and I cry with his family and all for Fiorentina".

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