Former English Premier League Dalian Atkinson has died after being tasered by police in England.
According to the Press Association, officers were called to a home in Meadow Close, Telford in the early hours of Monday morning amid safety concerns of an individual. West Mercia Police have said the 48 year old man was given treatment after been tasered but died around 90 minutes later.
The former striker is best remembered for scoring Aston Villa’s opening goal in the 1994 League Cup Final win over Manchester United at Wembley. He also won the first Premier League goal of the season award for a fine individual effort against Wimbledon in the 1992/1993 season. Atkinson was never capped with England, but he did play in a B international and scored his team’s goal in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in 1990.
Atkinson’s brother, Kenroy, 53, told The Sun the ex-Premier League star had undergone dialysis for kidney failure and was “not in his right mind”.
He said his brother had attacked their 85-year-old father, Ernest, at his home on Monday before police were called to the scene.
“My brother had lost it. He was in a manic state and depressed – out of his mind and ranting. He had a tube in his shoulder for the dialysis and he had ripped it out and was covered in blood,” he told the newspaper.
“He got Dad by the throat and said he was going to kill him. He told Dad he had already killed me, our brother Paul and sister Elaine and he had come for him. He was not in his right mind.
“We are all devastated. Our family is heartbroken.”