A club statement said: “It is with great sadness Leeds United has learned of the passing of club legend Peter Lorimer. “Peter made 705 appearances for the club over two spells and is the club’s record goalscorer, having netted 238 times in all competitions. “Peter’s contribution to Leeds United will never be forgotten. He will always remain a club icon and his legacy will live on. Our thoughts are naturally with Peter’s wife Sue and the rest of his family.”
Lorimer became Leeds’ youngest player when he made his debut in 1962 aged just 15 years and 289 days.
The attacking midfielder also had spells at Toronto Blizzard, Vancouver Whitecaps and York City.
But it was with the Elland Road club that he had his finest moments. At his peak, the Scot was renowned for having one of the most powerful shots in the game, earning him the nicknames “Hotshot” and “Lasher”.
His trophy haul included two first division titles, FA and League Cup wins, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups and the Charity Shield.
He won 21 caps and scored four goals for Scotland, and played at the 1974 World Cup.
Current club captain Liam Cooper posted: “Fly high, Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like.”
News of Lorimer’s illness emerged last month when it was revealed he was being cared for at a hospice.
He retired in 1986 and was later appointed to the board. In 2013 he became Leeds’ first ambassador. He also worked as a pundit for BBC Radio.