Dalian Atkinson 'throttled his father' before being tasered by police

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In the aftermath of Dalian Atkinson's tragic death on Monday morning, details have emerged of the former Premier League footballer's "manic state".

According to the Mirror, the 48-year-old was drunk and threatened to kill his father, Ernest, before being tasered three times in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire.

Police were called to the scene and when Atkinson emerged from the house, he was tasered and shouted: "It's not working."


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A second bout of 50,000 volts was then used, at which point he yelled "I am the Messiah", before a third left him unconscious.

He died 90 minutes later after going into cardiac arrest.

Atkinson's brother, Kenroy, has since spoken about the ex-Aston Villa striker's death and revealed how he was "not in his right mind" after undergoing dialysis for kidney failure.

He told The Sun: "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 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."

Atkinson had a number of health issues and, according to nephew Fabian, the former player's heart was weak.

"He had some health issues that he was trying to get through and that's why his heart was weak," he added.

"When a taser is deployed - as soon as a taser is deployed - they need to automatically call an ambulance.

"How do they know the health of the guy or the girl that they are affecting?"

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are currently investigating Atkinson's death.

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