A relative of retired football star Dalian Atkinson has said he had a "weak heart" and claimed police would not have Tasered him if they had known his medical history.
Fabian Atkinson said his uncle had recently battled through kidney problems, undergoing dialysis.
Mr Atkinson, who last saw the ex-footballer three weeks ago, said: "He had some health issues that he was trying to get through and that's why his heart was weak.
"When a Taser is deployed, as soon as a Taser is deployed, they need to automatically call an ambulance. How do they know the health of the guy or the girl that they are affecting?"
He said his uncle was a compassionate person and agreed with descriptions of him as a "gentle giant" who had inspired others and wanted them to do well in life.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of a 48 year old man, reported to be Dalian Atkinson in Telford. In a statement the IPCC said:
At this stage the IPCC is aware a Taser was used on the man before he became ill...
IPCC Investigators are at the scene gathering the available information and are attending the post incident procedures to supervise the recovery of initial evidence.
The IPCC is conducting a full and thorough investigation into all of the circumstances surrounding his death including the use of force.
Former Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson has said the death of ex-player Dalian Atkinson after he was reportedly Tasered by police, is "an out-and-out tragedy".
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Atkinson said the former striker was "a really popular player".
This is an out-and-out tragedy. He was a really popular player with teammates. He was a really generous lad - sometimes too generous for his own good - but a good lad.
He always had a smile on his face and I really like that in a player. He also had terrific ability. I always knew I didn't need to worry about him in big games.
Tributes have been paid to former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson who has reportedly died after he was Tasered by police.
Atkinson, 48, is best remembered for his role in Villa's unlikely 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the 1994 Coca-Cola Cup Final - a game in which he opened the scoring.
Former players Sol Campbell, Gary Lineker, Mark Bosnich and Paul McGrath posted tributes to Atkinson on Twitter.
Terrible news about Dalian Atkinson. Losing his life after being tasered by police. Thoughts are with this fine footballer's family. #RIP
RIP Dalian Atkinson,at his best one of the very best.xmb
Don't feel to gud at the moment , Dalian Atkinson was a huge part of the Villa family I played with lovely kid and friend R.I.P pal Xx.
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A 48-year-old man who died after he was Tasered by police in Telford early on Monday (15th August) has been named locally as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson.
West Mercia Police have confirmed that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at around 1:30am today.
Upon arrival, a 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).
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