Tayside Police confirmed that Charlie Adam senior, a midfielder with the likes of St Johnstone and Dundee United, died on Monday evening in Dundee.
Stoke midfielder Adam was one of two sons who followed their father into the professional game with Scotland under-21 goalkeeper Grant Adam currently on loan at Airdrie from St Mirren.
Stoke issued a short statement confirming the death of their player's father. The club said: "All our thoughts are with Charlie and his family at this difficult time. Out of respect to the family, players and staff at the club will not be making any press comment over the Christmas period."
Many of Adam senior's former clubs paid their tributes on Tuesday. His first professional club, St Johnstone, where he scored nine goals in 28 appearances in 1985-86, said: "The thoughts of everyone at McDiarmid Park go to Charlie's family."
Forfar said: "He was a highly talented footballer and a larger than life character to boot.
"His son Grant followed in his Station Park footsteps with an all too short loan spell from Rangers early last season and having spoken to Charlie at Airdrie in the spring of this year when Grant played against us for the Diamonds, it came across how proud he was of his two sons' achievements in their chosen sport."
Brechin said: "Charlie was a larger than life character who played for the club from 1986-89 scoring 35 goals along the way. The club wish to extend our condolences to Charlie's family and friends."
Grant Adam's parent club and current team also sent their condolences.
St Mirren said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mr Charlie Adam - father of our player Grant Adam and former St Mirren player Charlie Adam - has suddenly passed away. All at St Mirren Football Club would like to pass on their condolences to Grant, Charlie and their family at this sad time."