By Dominic Toner
Gary Lineker has paid tribute on Twitter to former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday.
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 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
Match of the Day host Lineker has described the news as “terrible” on his personal Twitter account as he remembered a “fine” striker.
Terrible news about Dalian Atkinson. Losing his life after being tasered by police. Thoughts are with this fine footballer’s family. #RIP
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 15, 2016
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.