Former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson dead after being tasered by police

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Former Premier League star Dalian Atkinson has died after being tasered by police outside of his father’s home in Telford.

According to The Sun, police were called to a scene where people became concerned for the safety of another person.

Officers then arrived at the scene at around 1.30am this morning, and used a taser on a 48-year-old man, who has now been named as Atkinson, as seen in the tweet from Sky News below.

Atkinson then required medical attention after going into cardiac arrest, but was pronounced dead at around 3am, according to the report.

In a statement the police said: “Upon arrival, taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

“West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure and will assist the IPCC with their enquiries.”

Atkinson scored 38 goals in 114 appearances in Villa, which included a memorable goal that few Villa fans will forget in their win over Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup final.

Regarded as a Villa hero during a period where the club enjoyed great success, the tragedy of his passing will undoubtedly come as a shock to all concerned.

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