An autopsy done on Davide Astori, late captain of Fiorentina, who passed away on Sunday has revealed cardiac arrest as the cause for his death.
The Serie A club revealed the 31-year-old defender died in his sleep in his hotel room, ahead of their match against Udinese.
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.
“From the preliminary results, it does not seem like there is any external causes other than that of a natural death, but prudently our advisors are telling us that we must wait for the result of histological examinations before making a definitive statement.”
There will be further and deeper investigations into Astori’s passing with the results expected in 60 days.
Italian authorities confirmed on Monday that they had opened manslaughter proceedings into the death of the 14-cap Italy international.
Under Italian law, the only way an autopsy could take place on Astori in order to discover the cause of death was to open such a case.