"He was an absolutely lovely lad," Balotelli told news agency ANSA.
"It's a terrible tragedy that teaches us to reflect on, appreciate and respect life. I was shocked when I heard of Morosini's death. I couldn't believe it and hoped it was just some horrible prank.
"He was such a nice guy, really golden. This makes me reflect on many things in my life. It teaches me to appreciate life, respect it and experience it with caution and dignity."