Fiorentina capain and Italy international Davide Astori has reportedly died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 31.
According to a statement by his club on Twitter, Astori passed away from a “sudden illness”.
Fiorentina were scheduled to play Udinese in Serie A on Sunday afternoon, but the match and all other fixtures in the Serie A have been called off as a mark of respect.
Astori, capped 14 times by Italy, joined Fiorentina in 2016 from Cagliari and had made 58 appearances for them.
Cagliari postponed their game against Genoa on Sunday morning, making the announcement to the stadium as the players warmed up.
“Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness,” Fiorentina said.
“Given this terrible and delicate situation we appeal to everyone’s sensitivity at this time, above all out of respect for his family.”
Astori came through the youth system at AC Milan before joining Cagliari in 2008.
He spent eight years at the club and had loan spells at Roma and then Fiorentina, before moving permanently to the latter two years ago.