De Nicolo was quoted Sunday as saying Astori died of "natural causes" after a "cardiac circulatory collapse" -- a type of heart attack, which the autopsy appears to confirm. Fiorentina players and staff paid tribute on Tuesday to their captain Astori at the club's Artemio Franchi stadium, where dozens of messages, banners and scarfs adorned fences outside the ground. Croatian Milan Badelj, the team's vice-captain, left a white rose in memory of his team-mate, and the players hung up two signed Astori jerseys as well as a large photo of the defender.
Davide Astori's autopsy has revealed the Fiorentina defender died of a cardiac arresthttps://t.co/Yu8oP4Oalx— Goal (@goal) March 6, 2018
All seven Serie A matches were postponed on Sunday following the news of Astori's passing, while all the midweek games in the Champions League and Europa League will be preceded by a minute's silence. Fiorentina will make an emotional return to action this weekend at home to bottom side Benevento, who will wear shirts carrying the message "Ciao Davide" on the sleeve. Astori, who leaves behind a wife and a two-year-old daughter, began his career at AC Milan, also playing for Cagliari and Roma before joining Fiorentina in 2015. He made 14 international appearances for Italy, scoring once against Uruguay in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
A minute's silence was held for Davide Astori ahead of today's Champions League games. pic.twitter.com/CozH8yLRzL— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 6, 2018