File - In this Feb. 15, 2017 file photo, Davide Astori of AC Fiorentina attends a practice session in Moenchengladbach, Germany prior to a Europa League match. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)
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Fiorentina captain and defender Davide Astori died of a sudden illness Sunday morning at the age of 31, the Serie A club said, leaving Italian football in a state of shock.Serie A announced that all of Sunday's matches, including the derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan, would be postponed.Italian media said that Astori was found dead in his hotel room in Udine, where Fiorentina had been due to face Udinese at the Dacia Arena later Sunday.Astori, who was in his 10th season as a Serie A player and made 289 top flight appearances, joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 and the club signed him outright one year later. He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.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.
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