'Tiny' - real name Jacobus Pieter Naude - took a turn for the worse after falling on Wednesday night and passed away in the Vergelegen Medi Clinic in Somerset West on Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
"He did everything for rugby," his wife Miems Naude told www.news24.com after the death of her legendary Springbok lock forward husband.
"Everything happened so quickly," she said. "Tiny died while being prepared for the operating theatre. The doctor said his heart had stopped beating."
Naude played for Hamiltons in Cape Town, Western Province and South Africa, partnering Frik du Preez at lock in a number of Test matches.
During his six years in the Springbok team, Naude played in 14 Tests, scoring two tries, and kicking four conversions and 11 penalties.
The moment most South Africans remember him for was the match-winning penalty in the third Test against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1965.
With the scores level at 16-16, Naude slotted the kick with three minutes to go to give his side a 19-16 triumph and keep the four-Test series alive after defeats in the opening two encounters.