Heartbreaking news as All Black legend Jonah Lomu dies

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New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40 due to complications resulting from a long standing kidney problem.

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Lomu, who scored 43 tries and played 63 Tests for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002, was diagnosed with a serious kidney condition while still playing.

It forced him to quit the game and he had a kidney transplant in 2004, but it stopped functioning in 2011.

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Everyone, from sportsmen to national dignitaries, have spoken with heartfelt outpouring of sadness at the loss. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said: “The thoughts of the entire country are with his family.”

Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the Jonah Lomu family tonight. A very special person.”

All Blacks World Cup winner Dan Carter tweeted: “I still can’t believe the sad news. Love and thoughts go out to Jonah’s family.”

And former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies said: “Can’t believe that Jonah Lomu has passed away. Was with him and his wife and family for an evening last month.

“So sad, life is so cruel. RIP Jonah you were a true legend and a gentleman. You changed the game of rugby and will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with your family.”

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