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Buffon and Zanetti among hundreds paying last respects to Davide Astori

The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday.

Buffon and Zanetti among hundreds paying last respects to Davide Astori

Gianluigi Buffon and Javier Zanetti were among the mourners in Florence for the funeral of Italy defender Davide Astori.

The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday, hours before he was due to lead Fiorentina against Udinese in a Serie A fixture.

Fiorentina and Cagliari – Astori’s club between 2008 and 2016 – retired the number 13 shirt in honour of their former player and on Thursday hundreds of mourners gathered outside the Basilica di Santa Croce for Astori’s funeral.

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon arrives to pay his respects
Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon arrives to pay his respects (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Javier Zanetti (front left) and head coach Luciano Spalletti (right) were joined by several Inter Milan players
Javier Zanetti (front left) and head coach Luciano Spalletti (right) were joined by several Inter Milan players (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Francesco Totti (left) and several Roma players were in attendance
Francesco Totti (left) and several Roma players were in attendance (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
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Hundreds of people gathered outside to pay their respects (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Italy Soccer Astori Funeral
Former Italy coach Giampiero Ventura (centre) arrives for the ceremony (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Astori's Fiorentina team-mates arrive
Astori’s Fiorentina team-mates arrive (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Italy Soccer Astori Funeral
Over 6,000 fans gathered outside the church (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Italy Soccer Astori Funeral
Astori’s coffin is carried into the Basilica di Santa Croce (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Italy Soccer Astori Funeral
Astori was carried out of the church to a screen of purple smoke (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

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