Italian soccer captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday at the age of 31 after a suspected cardiac arrest before an Italian league match.
The defender played 14 times for Italy’s national team, was discovered by Fiorentina teammates when he failed to show up for breakfast at the hotel in Udine, Italy. The game was called off, along with all of the games in the country’s top two divisions.
Astori’s body was taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy. “The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”
Astori leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old daughter.
In Florence, fans attached scarves, flowers and messages to the gates of the team’s stadium.