Tributes Flood In For All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu, Dead At Age 40

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has died unexpectedly age 40, All Blacks doctor John Mayhew has confirmed to New Zealand‘s 3News.

NZR CEO Steve Tew also confirmed the news:

The Tongan big winger had been long-battling kidney problems before his death, suffering from a rare kidney disorder known as nephrotic syndrome. He received a life-saving kidney transplant in 2004, but his body rejected it 2011.

In August this year, he told the Daily Mail that his aim was to stay alive long enough to see his sons Brayley, six, and Dhyreille, five, grow up.
“My goal is to make it to the boys’ 21sts,” he said. “There are no guarantees that will happen, but it’s my focus. It’s a milestone that every parent wants to get to. My dad died young and that makes you think.”
Lomu was one of NZ’s greatest rugby players, scoring 37 tries for New Zealand in the 73 times he played for them. He shares the World Cup try-scoring record for 15 with Bryan Habana.

Tributes from the rugby world and beyond are flowing thick and fast: 

RIP Jonah.

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