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.
-- Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 15, 2016
The thoughts of everyone at Wednesday are with the friends and family of Dalian Atkinson this morning. RIP pic.twitter.com/67Z1XloHQ4
-- Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 15, 2016
-- Fenerbahce_EN (@Fenerbahce_EN) August 15, 2016
As have fellow ex-footballers.
Terrible news about Dalian Atkinson. Losing his life after being tasered by police. Thoughts are with this fine footballer's family. #RIP
-- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 15, 2016
-- Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) August 15, 2016
Gutted and shocked to hear about Dalian Atkinson! Thoughts with his family RIP ??
-- Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) August 15, 2016
As well as current footballers.
RIP Dalian Atkinson. Loved watching videos of him & always remember his great goal vs Wimbledon. My thoughts are with his family & friends.
-- Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) August 15, 2016
And fans from across football...
-- Corey (@CoreyJayDee) August 15, 2016
There's one more Holte Ender in the sky. RIP to a Villa legend. Dalian Atkinson #AVFC
-- Carl Palmer (@Carl_Palmer) August 15, 2016
Awful news about Dalian Atkinson, remember watching him score Goal of the Season with my dad who was a Villa fan#RIP
-- Chris Allen (@chriszurich1) August 15, 2016
Gutted to hear about Dalian Atkinson. Had some good times when he was in the team. Condolences to his family and friends #RIPDalianAtkinson
-- We go again! (@AlanMurray20) August 15, 2016
RIP Dalian Atkinson, saw him score the first time I saw Liverpool win. Great player, sad story
-- Blanny (@Blanny) August 15, 2016