Leeds United have confirmed that club legend Peter Lorimer has entered hospice care.
The Premier League club have released a statement after rumours began to swirl on social media regarding the 74-year old's health.
They've thanked fans for their messages of support, and requested privacy on behalf of Lorimer's family as he battles a "long-term illness".
Lorimer is Leeds' all-time record goalscorer with 238 goals, and was involved in every major honour won by the club, bar the 1991-92 League Championship.
While at Elland Road, he won two league titles, the FA Cup and League Cup.
In between two spells at Leeds, Lorimer also played for NASL side Toronto Blizzard, York City, and under former teammate John Giles at Vancouver Whitecaps.
As part of a link-up with the Whitecaps, Lorimer played three games on-loan at UCD in 1983, before re-joining Leeds.
News of his ill-health comes in the wake of the passing of several of Don Revie's famous side in a short space of time.
Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry all sadly lost their lives in 2020.
Giles told OTB Sports last year, "It is fingers crossed all the time, I keep my fingers crossed for myself.
"Most of the lads I played with are a similar age to myself. They are in the danger age, but it's fingers crossed all the time."
Leeds United statement:
Sadly we can confirm that Peter Lorimer is currently in a hospice battling a long term illness.
Peter, his wife Sue and their family would like some privacy at this time, but also want to thank the Leeds United fans across the world for their wonderful messages of support.
The club will update fans on Peter’s progress in due course.
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