Atalanta youth team player Andrea Rinaldi has died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Monday.
Rinaldi was 19-years-old and had been on loan at Serie D side Legnano this season.
“Andrea Rinaldi, our warrior, has left us,” said Legnano’s statement.
“An aneurysm snatched him in the prime of life, with a life ahead of him and with a career that promised bright goals. A sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine.”
Legnano’s statement added: “Andrea fought for three days after the illness that hit him. Unfortunately, there was nothing to do.”
Legnano said Rinaldi, who had made 23 appearances for Legnano this season, scoring one goal since joining the club on loan in August, was taken ill on Friday.
“Always available and positive, he knew how to make himself well-liked by everyone,” said an Atalanta statement.
“Just as on the pitch you were always the last to surrender, this time too you fought with all your might not to fly away too soon,” Atalanta’s statement added.
“President Antonio Percassi and the whole Atalanta family, deeply moved, send their most heartfelt sympathy to Andrea Rinaldi’s family members and AC Legnano for his passing.”
Italian media reported that Rinaldi died at hospital in Varese on Monday morning.
Rinaldi joined Serie A side Atalanta’s youth academy at the age of 13, winning the Under-17 league title and Super Cup in 2016.
Rinaldi made 35 appearances for the under-17 team, although he had yet to make his senior team debut.
He previously had loans spells at Imolese and Mezzolara.