Remembering Davide Astori

Written By:  Justin Holden

Some of you reading this might have already heard the news that Davide Astori, captain for Serie A club Florentina, died on March 4th of 2017.  Astori was found dead at La Di Moret hotel in Udine, with the expected cause of death being sudden cardiac arrest.  Astori was just 31 years of age at the time of his death, and spent the previous night training with his teammates in advance of a league match against Serie A club Udinese.  This news comes as quite a shock to all of us, given that Astori was an otherwise healthy young man with a career as a professional athlete.

In writing this article, I wanted to shine some light on the positives of Astori’s life.  He was a great man who was dedicated to a sport and also his family.  I hope that we as sports fans and fellow human beings can take something away from this tragedy.

Astori is best known for his appearances with Italian clubs AC Milan, Cagliari, and Florentina.  Astori also made 14 appearances for Italy’s international team and scored one goal while representing his country in those games.  Astori had an impressive 12 year career as a professional athlete.  Astori primarily played the defender position and helped his teams post clean sheets on numerous occasions.  He finished his club career with 8 goals as well.

Perhaps the saddest thing about Astori’s death is that he has a two year old daughter who will never get to see him again.  But the scariest thing has got to be how young he was at his time of death.  To die in your early thirties is a great tragedy and you honestly wouldn’t think that a man of that age would die of cardiac arrest unless he had a serious heart condition.  Let us all take some time to keep Astori’s family in our thoughts and prayers, and live every day realizing that life is short and can be snatched away from you at anytime, so live your life to the fullest.