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Former Premier League player dies in police tasering

March 27, 1994: Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson holding the English League Cup with former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson at Wembley Stadium in London.

March 27, 1994: Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson holding the English League Cup with former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson at Wembley Stadium in London.  (AP)

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after he was shot by a police stun gun in Shropshire early on Monday morning.

Officers were called to a property, believed to be his elderly father's house, in Meadow Close, Telford, after concerns "for the safety of an individual" were raised.

West Mercia Police said the 48-year-old man was given medical treatment after being hit by a Taser, but died around 90 minutes later.

Atkinson was thought to have been visiting his 85-year-old father, who reportedly said that his son was agitated.

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