Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu Has Passed Away, Age 40

Publish Date
Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 1:12PM
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All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has passed away in Auckland today at the age of 40.

Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew confirmed Lomu had died unexpectedly this morning.

Lomu had recently been in the United Kingdom with his family as a spokesman for Heineken during the Rugby World Cup.

The bruising winger made 73 appearances for the All Blacks, making his Test debut in 1994 against France in Christchurch.

Lomu scored 43 tries in the black jersey, before having to quit the sport in 2002 because of Nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease.

He suffered a health scare in 2011, pulling out of the Fight for Life charity boxing event with kidney troubles, just seven years after his life-saving kidney transplant.