All of Sunday's Serie A matches have been called off after the tragic death of Davide Astori.
The Fiorentina captain passed away in his sleep , just hours before he was due to lead his side out against Udinese .
A tweet from @SerieA_TIM read: "Shocked by the tragic news, the whole of Serie A supports the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina . All the games scheduled today are postponed as a sign of mourning."
Astori, who came through AC Milan's academy, joined Fiorentina in 2015 from Cagliari.
He made more than 250 appearances in Serie A and was capped 14 times by Italy.
A Fiorentina statement confirmed he died in his sleep at a hotel the team were staying in ahead of the away match with Udinese.
The statement added: “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”