And while the 31-year-old may have spent just three years as a Viola player, the scenes from Florence today show that every supporter took the Italy global to their heart.
Astori's body was taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.
"The second leg will be hard to turn this around, but anything can happen in football".
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was devastated over the death of Fiorentina captain and Italy worldwide Davide Astori, saying he tried to sign him while manager of Southampton. "Maybe we are sad, but certainly not like his family".
Astori, who started his career at AC Milan, is survived by his partner Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter. The English Football Association said it plans to honor Astori when it hosts Italy at Wembley on March 27 in a friendly. After news broke of his death all seven Serie A fixtures were postponed and tributes have been paid by fellow players and fans in the days since. When the match was officially called off, a picture of Astori was shown on the giant screen, leading to applause throughout the stadium.
Astori spent eight years with Cagliari from 2008 playing 179 times in all competitions before joining Fiorentina in 2016.
"If that's what Balotellinho said I wasn't trying to offend anyone", Alves insisted. "The football world is deeply affected by what has happened. I cry many times, I always believe in him because he was a fantastic player", he said.
Those who wear black and white would normally be greeted with vitriol as Fiorentina's most hated rivals, but today those differences were put aside as the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli were applauded by the Viola supporters as they arrived.