Heartbreaking news as All Black legend Jonah Lomu dies


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

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.

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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