EPL: Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs all pay tribute to Astori

'Sadness and sorrow' over Davide Astori death

The Italian global was found dead in his hotel room where he was with his team ahead of the Udinese league game, aged just 31.

Chelsea, who have an Italian manager, stated: "Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori". "Because of the bad and delicatesituation, and most of all for the respect due to his family, we make an appeal to everybody's sensitiveness".

It is believed Astori died of "cardio-circulatory arrest due to natural causes" - a type of heart attack - but that he showed "no warning signs" of having any illness, said Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo.

Fiorentina were due to face Udinese on Sunday but the match, along with six other Serie A fixtures scheduled, was postponed because of the death of the former Italian worldwide.

The clash at the Stadio Friuli and all of today's Serie A matches have subsequently been cancelled. "You've been one of the best sportspeople I've ever met".

The defender died following a "sudden illness" according to the Serie A club's official social media channels.

He said: 'I had him with the national team.

When news came through of Astori's death, Genoa and Cagliari were warming up at Marassi, but Perin ran off the field in tears.

"He was a fantastic guy - a great player but especially a fantastic guy".

Astori came thought the ranks at AC Milan's Academy and while he never played for the Rossoneri in a senior game, his move to Cagliari helped establish himself in the Serie A, with many top clubs in the Italian top-flight taking notice of the 6'2 centre-back.

All Serie A games on Sunday had been called off after Astori passed away as a sign of mourning.

He made his Italy debut in 2011 and went on to represent his country 13 more times.

He was also under the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United during David Moyes' stint.

Roma, where Astori spent the 2014-15 season on loan, said: "AS Roma joins the pain of the world of football for the passing of David Astori. Send condolences to the #astori family". AC Milan are shocked by the passing of Davide Astori.

La Fiorentina profondamente sconvolta si trova costretta a comunicare che e' scomparso il suo capitano Davide Astori, colto da improvviso malore.

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