By Tom Blackburn
Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police – and Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to their former striker.
Police revealed a man had died in the early hours of Monday morning after they were called to an address in Telford, Shropshire.
Sky News confirmed on Twitter that the man was Atkinson, 48, who played for Aston Villa between 1991 and 1995.
Update – 48-year-old man who died after he was tasered by police in Telford has been named as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 15, 2016
In a statement, via the Shropshire Star, the police said: “Officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford.
“Upon arrival taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.”
Atkinson joined Villa from Real Sociedad for £1.7million and played 76 times across the old First Division and Premier League, scoring 23 times before leaving for Fenerbahce.
He is fondly remembered by Villa fans for his performance and crucial goal he scored in the 1994 League Cup final as the Midlands club beat Manchester United at Wembley.
Atkinson was also a key figure in the side under Ron Atkinson that came runners-up to United in the 1992-93 season, when he formed a lethal strike partnership with Dean Saunders.
Following the announcement of his death, their fans immediately paid their respects to the much loved star on Twitter.
— Kash (@Klatifesq) August 15, 2016
— Jake (@JakeWelch_88) August 15, 2016
— jonjon (@jonby2) August 15, 2016
— Malcolm Smith (@MalSmith54) August 15, 2016
— Ethan James Spencer (@AVFCLife) August 15, 2016
— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) August 15, 2016
I'm so unbelievably devastated to hear the news that Dalian Atkinson has died. One of the most gifted players to ever put on #avfc shirt RIP
— Jamieson Hodgson (@JamiesonHodgson) August 15, 2016
In shock about Dalian Atkinson. Tragic. #AVFC
— Stu Joslin (@specialjay) August 15, 2016
— Matchdayphotos (@matchday_photos) August 15, 2016
In other Aston Villa news, a reliable journalist says the club will make a double Premier League swoop with the first arrival in 48 hours.