By Amir Mir

Paul McGrath has paid tribute to former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday.

The former Villa defender took to his personal Twitter account to pay his respects to his former teammate, as he described him as a “lovely kid and friend.”

“Don’t feel too good at the moment,” McGrath wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Dalian was a huge part of the Villa family. I played with lovely kid and friend. R.I.P pal Xx.”

Here is McGrath’s tribute 0n his personal Twitter account.

Police revealed a man had died through being tasered 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.

Holte-End hero Atkinson played 106 games for Villa scoring 38 goals in all competitions, including his famous solo effort against Wimbledon in the 1992-93 Premier League season.

Villa legend McGrath played alongside Atkinson as they lifted the 1994 League Cup, with the powerful striker opening the scoring against Manchester United.

McGrath was not the only ex-Villa player paying tribute to Atkinson, with Collymore and Taylor also paying their respects.

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