Sunday March 4 2018
Astori died 'of natural causes'

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori died “of natural causes, which is strange for a professional so closely monitored with no warning signs.”

The 31-year-old was found in his Udine hotel room this morning when he failed to turn up for breakfast or answer his phone.

The Viola squad were in the hotel preparing for this afternoon’s planned Serie A match against Udinese at the Dacia Arena.

“The idea we have of the situation is that the player died of cardiac arrest by natural causes,” said Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo.

“It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored and showed no warning signs.”

Goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the last to see him alive, as he was playing video games with Astori last night.

Sportiello gave a statement to the police and Astori’s body was taken to a local hospital for an autopsy.