No further details have been released about his death.
South Africa's first ever goal in the Africa Cup of Nations came courtesy of none other than Phil Masinga, who got the ball rolling in the successful 1996 campaign with the first of three goals against Cameroon, with Mark Williams and the late John "Shoes" Moshoeu getting the other two.
"Phil was a big hit with the team and the players".
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Masinga was part of the South African "golden generation" that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations just four years after an apartheid-induced worldwide ban was lifted.
South African soccer legend Philemon "Phil" Masinga has passed away, the nation's football association has announced on its Twitter account.
Though he failed to make the same long-lasting impact in England, he did make Premier League 31 appearances for the club scoring five goals.
Former Ghana global footballer Anthony Baffoe also shared his sadness saying: "We have lost another hero-Phil Masinga just passed away-Rest well Phil. I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar and although he was not feeling well, he was in good spirits and I promised to visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone", added a sombre Dr Jordaan.
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Aside from playing for Leeds, he also spent four years in Serie A with Salernitana and Bari.
Anthony Baffoe, deputy secretary general of the African football confederation, wrote: "We have lost another hero in Phil Masinga".
The former Leeds United striker also scored the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.
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