Fiorentina footballer Davide Astori found dead

Italy defender and Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori died in his sleep on Saturday night

Rome: Italy global defender Davide Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday.

Chelsea, who have an Italian manager, stated: "Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Fiorentina captain 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.

Astori was found dead in a hotel room before the match of Italian championship between Fiorentina and Udinese.

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

Liverpool FC posted: "We're saddened by the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori".

"Genuine compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against".

All games in Serie A were called off as Italy and the football world mourns the sudden loss of Astori.

And there were many more messages of support, but none better than that of Gianluigi Buffon, the Juventus legend who played on the national team with him.

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The teams were already on the pitch and warming up for the lunchtime match between Genoa and Cagliari when news broke of Astori's death. He was a fantastic guy, a great player but a fantastic guy and I stay.

According to the BBC, Fiorentina released the following statement asking people to be respectful of Astori's loved ones.

He played for AC Milan, Roma and Cagliari.

Fiorentina's match against Udinese has been called off along with all of Sunday's other matches, including the derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan.

He also played for the Italian national team, receiving his first call-up in 2010 and making his debut in March 2011.

Tottenham stated: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing all too early of Davide Astori".

Astori signed permanently for Fiorentina in 2016, and faced the unenviable task of replacing Gonzalo Rodriguez as captain this season after the club made the decision to sell the latter against both his own and the fans' wishes in the summer.

He was also under the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United during David Moyes' stint. "Send condolences to the #astori family".

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