South African Football Association (Safa) communications manager Dominic Chimhavi confirmed to TimesLIVE that well-known McLeod was admitted to hospital after telling his wife that he was not feeling well.
“He was match commissioner at a recent national first division match and on his return home he told his wife that he was not feeling well‚” Chimhavi said.
“He was admitted to hospital and sadly passed away on Thursday night.”
McLeod became the first South African to referee in a Fifa World Cup when he officiated in the 1998 global showpiece in France.
He was restructuring the referees’ structures at Safa at the time of his death.