Bobby Collins, who played 147 times for Everton, has passed away at the age of 82.
The former midfielder lost his long battle with illness at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.
Collins was born in Glasgow in February 1931 and joined Everton from Celtic for a Club record fee of £23,500 in September 1958.
Despite standing at just 5'3" tall, he showed strength and industry in the centre of the park for the Blues for over four years and netted 48 goals.
The Scotland international was then signed by Leeds United boss Don Revie for £25,000 in 1962, proving pivotal to their promotion to the First Division, before later joining the likes of Bury, Greenock Morton and Oldham Athletic.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said: "I am extremely saddened to hear of the death of one of my idols, Bobby Collins.
"Jimmy Lumsden called me to say Bobby's wife had asked him to pass on the sad news as Everton was very much part of Bobby's life.
"Bobby was very much a part of Everton's life and helped transform the Club from the minute he arrived at Goodison Park in 1958 as our record signing.
"He was pivotal and inspirational during his four seasons with the Blues and will never be forgotten by our fans and everyone at Everton Football Club."
The sympathy of everyone at Everton is extended to all his family and many friends.