Tributes have poured in for Dalian Atkinson, the ex-footballer who died after being Tasered by police

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Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson, whose career spanned from the 80s to the 00s, died at 3am this morning after being shot with a Taser by West Mercia Police.

Many have offered their condolences to the 1992 Premier League goal of the season winner - who was only 48 years old - and his family.

Ron Atkinson, who managed Dalian Atkinson at Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa, told Sky Sports: "He always had a smile on his face - and played football with a smile on his face."

"He was popular in the dressing room, had terrific ability and did it in the big games... It's tragic," added the ex-manager.

On Twitter Atkinson's former clubs have offered their condolences.

As have fellow ex-footballers.

As well as current footballers.

And fans from across football...