Small was part of the team's victorious Rugby World Cup campaign in 1995.
Small is the third member of the World Cup squad to pass away, after flanker Ruben Kruger and scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen.
The former Springbok no 14 was reported to be in Cape Town and on his way to Johannesburg where he lived with his 14-year-old daughter.
Stranger Things 3 just broke a huge Netflix record
After a disastrous second season, we return to Hawkins for the summer of 1985 and catch up with all the members of the gang. While the streaming platform has yet to officially announce the next season, it's only a matter of time before they do.
Griezmann close to Barca move
Antoine Griezmann will look to complete his Barcelona move in the coming days, with the details of the transfer becoming public. Griezmann has always been expected to join Barcelona since his impending departure from Atletico was announced in May.
Russia delivers parts of advanced missile system to Turkey challenging NATO alliance
Turkey has urged formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the USA has failed to respond to this proposal. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said later that Ankara would begin the deployment of the S-400 systems in October 2019.
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen branded Small his childhood "rugby hero", while World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper also added his condolences.
The former wing earned a reputation as a tearaway during his time in a Springbok shirt - he was renowned for his outspoken nature and became the first South African to be sent off in a Test match after arguing with a referee.
"He was a member of the legendary South African Rugby squad that won the World Cup in 1995, a year after the ushering in of a democratic government in South Africa. You know you can't play it".
"The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire sporting world". Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and the Springboks'. On social media, South Africans sports icons like Herschelle Gibbs, Ryk Neethling and Kobus Wiese paid their respects to Small.