Fiorentina and Cagliari retire number 13 in honour of Astori

Italian prosecutors are looking into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori after he passed away on Sunday

Fiorentina and Italy worldwide defender Astori was found dead from a suspected heart attack in his hotel room in Udine, where his team were staying ahead of Sunday's scheduled Serie A game with Udinese.

"At this time, there is no responsibility on the part of anybody, who may seem to be able to respond to anything".

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.

"On behalf of European football, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, the ACF Fiorentina club, the Italian Football Federation and the Italian football community".

That match was postponed along with all other Serie A games.

Veteran Buffon, the Juventus captain, called Astori "a great man".

A supporter mourns the loss of the Italian defender as she looks at scarves placed outside the club's home stadium and a large banner reads'Ciao capitano- goodbye captain

A shirt was also pinned up in his honour, with his ex-team-mates all signing the jersey as they paid their respect to the 14-cap global.

Astori's former club Cagliari, for whom he played 174 games over six seasons, have also agreed no longer to use the No. 13, which he also wore while he played for them. He made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017.

The club said on Twitter that his funeral would take place in Florence on Thursday and European soccer body UEFA said there would be a minute's silence before all of this week's Champions League and Europa League matches.

Most poignant, however, were the words of Astori's Azzurri teammate, the legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. "I rarely publicly express my thoughts on a person, because I always allowed the beauty and unique nature of relationships, of reciprocal respect and affection, to avoid being used or misused by those who don't have the decency to respect certain bonds". R.I.P. Il tuo folle Gigi.

A GREAT AND PERFECT PERSON. you were the best expression of an ancient, surpassed world, in which values such as altruism, elegance, education and respect for others, were the masters. We are all under shock.

Astori is pictured on the Instagram account of his girlfriend - Francesca Fioretti - with two-year-old daughter, Vittoria. We mourn. We remember.




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