Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu In Shock Death

Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu In Shock Death

Rugby star and legend Jonah Lomu died unexpectedly on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at his Auckland home.

The 40-year-old battled a kidney disease that ended his playing career with the news coming as a shock to family and friends.

The game's first global superstar and Hall of Famer in World Rugby, 2011 whose speed and power often dazed opponents, died unexpectedly on Wednesday with tributes pouring in for "a legend of the game".

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Mayhew, a former medic with the All Blacks, revealed Lomu's family were "going through a terrible time" before he broke down in tears.

NZR boss Steve Tew said: "We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu.

Lomu played 63 Tests on the wing for New Zealand from 1995 to 2002, scoring 37 tries in 1995 he scored seven tries in four matches at the tournament, including four in the semi-final against England.

The raw power forward who was 1.96 metre (six foot five inch) and weighed 120 kilograms (265 pounds) could still cover 100 metres in 10.8 seconds.

The widely known Lomu was diagnosed in late 1995 with the rare kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome, which eventually cut short his international career.

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