All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu dead at 40

Daily Mail | Freya Noble 

New Zealand All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has passed away in Auckland at the age of 40.

Lomu died unexpectedly in the early hours of Wednesday, NZ Rugby chief executive Steve Tew confirmed.

'We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu,' Tew said.

'We're lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family.

'Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.'

Tomu suffered from a rare kidney disorder known as Nephrotic syndrome, and underwent life-saving kidney transplant surgery in 2004. His body rejected the organ in 2011.

Lomu had recently been in the United Kingdom to attend the Rugby World Cup.

He quit the sport in 2002 after 73 games for the All Blacks because of Nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease. He has been on dialysis treatment for more than a decade. Continue reading
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