Tayside Police said Charles Adam Senior, who played for Dundee United and Partick Thistle, died yesterday in Dundee.
Mr Adam was the father of Scotland international and Stoke City star Charlie and Grant, who is the goalkeeper for Airdrie United in the Scottish First Division.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Stoke City issued a short statement expressing its sympathy to its midfielder and family.
It stated: "All our thoughts are with Charlie and his family at this difficult time."
Scotland under-21 goalkeeper Grant Adam is on loan at Airdrie United from St Mirren.
The Paisley club said in a statement: "All at St Mirren Football Club would like to pass on their condolences to Grant, Charlie and their family at this sad time."
As well as playing for Dundee United and Partick, Adam also played for St Johnstone, Brechin, Forfar and Arbroath during the 1980s and 1990s.
Airdrie United and Charlie Snr's former teams expressed their sadness and sympathy.