EVERTON legend Dave Hickson was in shock today after the sudden death of his devoted wife Pat at their Merseyside home. Mrs Hickson, 77, died in bed during the early hours of this morning at the couples' home in Great Sutton, South Wirral, with her husband of 25 years by her side. The former blues hero, known as the Cannonball Kid during his swash-buckling playing career which also saw him play for Tranmere and Liverpool, told friends Mrs Hickson had suffered hot and cold flushes and he was unable to revive her. He called paramedics but his wife, who had previously been feeling well, despite ongoing problems with angina, was declared dead around 1am. Mrs Hickson, who had three children from a previous marriage, always accompanied her husband on his busy schedule of Everton events, and was present at the Blues' Former Players Foundation 10th anniversary dinner at Goodison Park on November 15. Her son-in-law Patrick Ryan said: 'Pat's life, as Dave's does, revolved around Everton FC. He will continue his active participation in the club, and wants to be at Goodison Park for the game on Saturday. 'He is best being around his friends and keeping to his routine at the moment, so he is determined to be at the West Brom match.'