Astori laid to rest in Florence

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The Italy global was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday, ahead of Fiorentina's Serie A match away to Udinese.

The unexpected loss of the popular figure has plunged Italian football into mourning, with all of last Sunday's Serie A matches postponed after the tragic news emerged.

"We dedicate to him not only this match but every mind in this day", said Chiellini on BT Sport.

Astori's body arrived in a white Maserati hearse as fans waved purple and white Fiorentina flags and held up their team scarves.

The defender, who played 14 times for Italy, was discovered by Fiorentina staff when he failed to show up for breakfast at the hotel in Udine.

An autopsy revealed that Astori died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes, but Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alves caused controversy with his comments regarding the incident in a press conference on Monday.

Fiorentina's supporters pay homage to Fiorentina's captain Davide Astori as his coffin is carried out of Santa Croce basilica at the end of the funeral on March 8, 2018 in Florence.

AS Roma's now-retired attacker Francesco Totti and current Roma player Stephan El Shaarawy were among those who attended the funeral. It's always in our heart.

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UEFA announced Monday that all Champions League and Europa League games this week would hold a minute's silence in memory of Astori, and Juventus fans at Wembley held aloft the message "RIP Astori".

An estimated 10,000 Fiorentina fans gathered outside the Basilica to say their final goodbyes to Astori.

"You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world, in which values such as altruism, elegance, education and respect for others, were the masters".

"Astori, by the way, was a good guy".

Astori spent eight years with Cagliari from 2008 playing 179 times in all competitions before joining Fiorentina in 2016.

"How can we forget your laughter, your sense of humour?"

"I had the possibility to meet him five years ago because it was my idea to sign him when we were at Southampton".

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