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Ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered by police

A 48-year-old man, who died after being shot with a Taser in Telford, Shropshire, has been named locally as former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Former Aston Villa manager: Atkinson death a 'tragedy'

Dalian Atkinson (r) died after he was hit by a police stun gun. Credit: Tony Harris / PA Wire

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.

– Ron Atkinson

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