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Fiorentina’s Captain Davide Astori Dies In His Hotel Room

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The captain of Italy’s Fiorentina football team, Davide Astori, has been found dead in a hotel room.

In a statement published on its website, Fiorentina said: “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.

“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”

A club spokesman said he could not give a cause of death ahead of an autopsy but Italian media reported that Astori died of a heart attack during the night.

The 31-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter, was staying in an Udine hotel to prepare for Sunday’s match against Udinese, which has been postponed.

The centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.

He started out at AC Milan, where he never played a Serie A match, before moving to Cagliari, the club where he made his big
breakthrough. He made 174 appearances for the Sardinians in a six-year spell,
during which he made his national team debut.

In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina.

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