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Mourners pay tribute to Fiorentina defender Davide Astori at funeral

The Fiorentina defender was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning


Davide Astori has been remembered at his funeral in Florence, with thousands in attendance.

The Fiorentina defender was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning, leaving the world of football in shock.

Astori had been with his teammates preparing for the Serie A clash with Udinese when he lost his life.

He was brought back to Florence from Udine on Wednesday as his body was left at the Italian FA centre in Coverciano.

The funeral took place in the Basilica di Santa Croce, with his Fiorentina teammates among the first to arrive.

Fiorentina players arrive (Image: REUTERS)

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The coffin of Davide Astori arrives by hearse (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Davide Astori into the church (Image: REUTERS)

The mother and father of Davide Astori (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and skipper Gianluigi Buffon were also in attendance, as were defender Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.

They flew straight from London following their Champions League victory over Tottenham.

The two sides remembered Astori with a minute's silence at Wembley with the world of football paying its respects this week.

Andrea Barzagli , Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Massimiliano Allegri (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Former Inter Milan player Javier Zanetti (Image: REUTERS)

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti (Image: REUTERS)

Venezia coach Filippo Inzaghi (Image: REUTERS)

Allegri said earlier this week: "Now I think it's time for silence, the thought must go to the family and especially to the little daughter who will not know her father.

"Davide will always be with me. We grew up football together, it's a huge disappointment. "

Buffon was among those to take to social media last week to post an emotional message to Astori.

Thousands of Fiorentina fans lined the streets in Florence as the hearse arrived in emotional scenes.

People outside the church (Image: REUTERS)

People outside the church with Fiorentina scarves (Image: REUTERS)

People outside the church during the funeral (Image: REUTERS)

Crowds gather ahead of a funeral service (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The coffin of Fiorentina's captain Davide Astori is carried (Image: AFP)

International teammates Federico Bernardeschi and Alessandro Florenzi were also among those present.

Italian legends Francesco Totti, Javier Zanetti and Filippo Inzaghi also attended the emotional service.

Fans gather in Piazza della Signoria (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Fans gather in Piazza della Signoria (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Fans gather in Piazza della Signoria (Image: Getty Images Europe)

People outside the church with Fiorentina scarves (Image: REUTERS)

Crowds gather ahead of a funeral service (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Francesco Totti ahead of a funeral service (Image: Getty Images Europe)

All matches last weekend were postponed while Fiorentina and former club Cagliari have retired the No.13 shirt.

La Viola are back in action against Benevento this weekend with the match expected to go ahead.

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