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Fans and Players Say Goodbye to Fiorentina Captain Astori
Thousands of fans and dozens of footballers turned out on Thursday, March 8, to a funeral service to bid their last farewell to Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the age of 31 on Sunday.
Astori's death left Italian football in a state of shock. The well-loved player arrived at Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross in a white Maserati hearse as fans waved purple and white Fiorentina flags and held up their team scarves.
The audio of the service was broadcast to the thousands of fans, many of them crying, who filled the square.
One man wiped tears from his eyes and said there were no words to explain his grief. Another fan said Fiorentina had lost a great person.
Family members waved to the crowds as they left the Basilica and the Fiorentina fans responded by chanting "Only one captain, there is only one captain" and "Davide Astori.”
Reuters contributed to this report.