Italian soccer star Davide Astori found dead of suspected heart attack

Fiorentina retire Davide Astori's No 13 shirt

Italian soccer star Davide Astori found dead of suspected heart attack

An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday, medical sources said Monday.

Paris Saint-German defender Davi Alves has had some very insensitive words to say about the tragic death of Davide Astori.

All Serie A games were suspended on Sunday after Astori was found dead in his hotel room ahead of Fiorentina's game against Udinese.

Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Astori's death, which is believed to have been caused by a cardiac arrest.

Serie A games stopped following his passing and a giant banner honouring Astori was put up outside Fiorentina's stadium.

Malago who is president of the Italian Olympic Committee, who oversee Italian top flight and worldwide football, "spoke too soon", a source very close to those concerned told AFP. "His salary will go to his family, his partner and his daughter", Malago said.

All seven Serie A matches on Sunday were postponed following the news of Astori's death. The mayor of Florence also announced that a day of mourning will be held with a memorial to be built "to remember Davide and enhance, through his figure, the clean, correct and human image of football and sport in general".

"He was a fantastic guy", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who formerly coached Astori on the Italian team, in an interview with Sky Sports before his team's match against Manchester City.

"I want to send all my condolences to Davide Astori and all the people that love him and I think it's a massive tragedy", Pochettino told reporters. It's very hard at this moment to find the right words for the family.

Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci wrote, "How many times did we laugh together".

The club said in a statement that they would take part in a training session in the afternoon.

Fiorentina and Cagliari - two sides that the defender represented with distinction over the course of his career - have now revealed that as a mark of respect, they will no longer be bestowing Astori's squad number on any other player. He got on the field in March 2011 for a friendly against Ukraine, which Italy won 2-0.

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