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Manslaughter Investigation Opened Into Astori's Death

Manslaughter Investigation Opened Into Astori's Death

The 31-year-old Italy worldwide centre-back died on the night of Saturday into Sunday, on the eve of his team's Serie A trip to Udinese, which was subsequently postponed.

The defender's body was discovered in his hotel room when he failed to join players for breakfast at their hotel just before their match in Udine, in northeast Italy.

The 31-year-old centre back, who had 14 Italy caps, is thought to have died of a cardiac arrest stemming from natural causes, a prosecutor said.

Astori is survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter. "It is with great sadness that we offer our deepest condolences to his family and close ones and to ACF Fiorentina", tweeted Milan, Astori's formative club. "Professional athletes are forced to undergo tests at least once every six months, but the risk of sudden death remains, as the statistics show that it can happen to one athlete in every 100,000 under the age of 35".

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle said Astori had been due to sign a new contract on Monday that would have kept him at the Florence-based club for the rest of his playing career.

The Serie Aclub said on Twitter that his funeral would take place at the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence on Thursday. It's very hard to speak about this tragedy.

Among the fixtures postponed was the 168th instance of the Milan derby, with heavyweights Internazionale and AC Milan set to clash at the San Siro on the Sunday.

Astori scored his only global goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2.

In 2014, Astori agreed a season-long loan to Roma for £1.8m and the Giallorossi paid a further £4.5m to make the deal permanent.

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. My honest compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against. Italy went on to win on penalties.


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