Shocking news from Italy, as Fiorentina 31-year-old captain Davide Astori was found dead in the team’s hotel, prior to the team’s away match against Udinese.

The club shocked football fans around the world, as a sudden tweet reported that the Italian defender had passed away after he didn’t attend the morning team meeting.

During his career he made 45 appearances with Fiorentina, scoring three and was known as a leader in the dressing room. He has played for Italy national team 14 times, scoring once.

The club has requested media respect the privacy of the player’s family during his tough time. According to reports, Astori died while sleeping; however no official statement is confirming this news.

Fiorentina’s game against Udinese has since been cancelled following the shocking news.