Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passed away due to a cardiac arrest, an autopsy has revealed.
The Serie A club confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday that the defender, 31, had tragically passed away.
Fiorentina were due to play Udinese in the Italian top flight but that game – along with all other Serie A fixtures – were called off.
And an initial autopsy has revealed that Astori most likely suffered bradyarrhythmia – meaning his heartbeat got slower and slower until it stopped – while he was sleeping from Saturday night into Sunday morning.
“Based on the evidence of the autopsy examination, carried out on March 6, 2018, on the body of Davide Astori, with reference to the cause of death, this cause can be indicated as of a cardiac nature, most likely a bradyarrhythmia with pluri-visceral congestion and a pulmonary oedema,” Antonio De Nicolo, the chief prosecutor of Udine, told RAI television.