Fiorentina have confirmed that club captain Davide Astori has passed away at just 31 years old after a sudden illness. Rest in peace.
Davide Astori (7 January 1987 – 4 March 2018) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a central defender.After playing youth football for Pontisola, Astori started his senior career with Milan, spending loan spells with Pizzighettone and Cremonese. In 2008 Cagliari signed him in a co-ownership deal, before signing him fully from Milan, for whom he never made a first team appearance, in 2011. He later spent loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina. He made his international debut for Italy in 2011 and represented his country 14 times, scoring one goal.
On 4 March 2018, Astori was found dead in his hotel room in Udine where his team Fiorentina were to play an away match against Udinese. Astori was 31 years old when he died.
Astori got his first call-up for the senior team under newly appointed coach Cesare Prandelli who named him in the squad for a friendly against Côte d’Ivoire, to be played on 10 August 2010,however, he was left as an unused substitute.He made his full debut for Italy on 29 March 2011,in a 2–0 friendly won against Ukraine in Kiev. He came on as a 17th-minute substitute for the injured Giorgio Chiellini but was sent off with 15 minutes remaining in the second half after receiving two yellow cards.Astori was a member of the Italy squad that took part at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, reaching the semi-finals, only to suffer a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain; he scored a goal against Uruguay in the third place match, as Italy prevailed on penalties to win the bronze-medal, following a 2–2 draw after extra time.
On 4 March 2018, Astori died whilst staying in a hotel in Udine prior to Fiorentina’s match against Udinese. A club statement said “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.”He died of a heart attack during his sleep.