The centre-back enjoyed two spells with his hometown club, twice winning promotion with the Tigers in 1982/83 and 1984/85 during what was a memorable spell at Boothferry Park.
Skipper made a total of 338 appearances in black and amber in a respected career that also included stints with Darlington, Oldham Athletic, Walsall and Wigan Athletic – where he featured in the same side as Adkins.
“It’s incredibly sad news and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” Adkins said when speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Swansea City.
“I was made aware of the situation when arriving at the Stadium on Easter Monday and it’s fair to say there was a tear shed because he was a good guy.
“He was a good man and someone that I played in the same team as for a few years at Wigan. 61-years-of-age is nothing – it’s such a shame.
“He’s a real legend here at Hull City and played for the club for many, many years.
“When I first joined Hull City, he was straight on the phone and we went out for a cup of tea together. He was very supportive and, as I say, a really good man who will be sadly missed by many.”