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Fiorentina's captain Davide Astori has died at 31

Football world is in mourning. Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31 following a "sudden illness". Astori travelled with Fiorentina squad on Saturday. He was found dead at the La di Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the Viola's meeting with Udinese on Sunday.

"The causes of the incident are not yet known. The magistrate came here and the body was taken to the hospital for the autopsy, that I believe will be done in the day. We have no further details," the club's press officer Arturo Mastronardi said. Astori passed away ahead of his side's Serie A game against Udinese.

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La di Moret Hotel

All seven of today's fixtures in the Italian top flight have been postponed as a mark of respect. Possibly it suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Serie A's official account tweeted: "Shocked by the tragic news, the whole family of the league Serie A huddles around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina.(...) Davide Astori was born in Bergamo and played for local team Pontisola before joining AC Milan in 2006. He made his Italy debut against Ukraine in March 2011 .He was made captain for La Viola by Stefano Pioli earlier this season and had made 27 appearances during the current campaign, scoring once.

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