Leeds' record goalscorer Peter Lorimer has died at the age of 74 after a lengthy illness.

The attacking midfielder, having become the youngest player to represent United at the age of 15 years and 289 days, netted 238 goals in 705 appearances during two spells at Elland Road.

From the legendary Leeds teams of the 1960s and '70s, in the past 12 months Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry have also died.

His death was announced in a statement on the club’s official website, which read: "It is with great sadness Leeds United has learned of the passing of club legend Peter Lorimer this morning at the age of 74 following a long-term illness.

"Peter made a huge 705 appearances for the Whites over two spells and is the club’s record goalscorer, having netted 238 times in all competitions."

Lorimer was an integral member of the Leeds side that Don Revie transformed from an ordinary Second Division outfit into one of the most feared teams in Europe during the 1960s and 70s.

Blessed with a shot renowned as one of the most powerful in the game at the time, he helped the club claim seven trophies, including two league titles and the FA Cup, during his first spell at Elland Road between 1962 and 1979.

Current Leeds captain Liam Cooper tweeted: "Fly High Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like. Sending all our love to Peters family".

Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas wrote on Twitter: "After the high of last night, we learn of such sad news this morning. My thoughts are with Peters family and friends at this difficult time".

The Scottish Football Association said it was "deeply saddened" at his death, while the English Football League called him a "true legend of the game".