The news has left his friends and family, club and country in a state of shock. As Italy went to the polls on election day, the former prime minister, ex-mayor of Florence, Partito Democratico leader and big Fiorentina fan Matteo Renzi tweeted: “It seems impossible to me. I cannot believe it.
Mi sembra impossibile. Sono incredulo e piango con la sua famiglia e con tutta la Fiorentina. Ciao Capitano. #Astori
Fiorentina’s goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was apparently with Astori playing Playstation until 23:30 the night before.
Understandably, Sunday’s game at the Dacia Arena against Udinese was called off. “In times like this everything else loses its importance,” tweeted Udinese coach Massimo Oddo. “I am shocked by this terrible tragedy.”