New Zealand rugby fans are mourning the devastating loss of an All Blacks hero today, as Jonah Lomu sadly passed away in Auckland on Wednesday.
The harrowing news was confirmed by John Mayhew, a former doctor for the All Blacks, according to Tv3 news.
“The family are obviously devastated, as are friends and acquaintances.
“The family have requested privacy at this stage, they are obviously going through a terrible time.”
“We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu,” said NZR chief executive Steve Tew in a statement.
Lomu had battled various health issues since being diagnosed with nephritic syndrome in 1995. Following a kidney transplant in 2004, the iconic athlete, who was receiving recurring dialysis treatments was an active participant in All Blacks culture – recently following the team to the 2015 World Cup for promotional work.
His noteworthy performances at the 1995 Rugby World Cup cemented him as one of sport’s most recognisable figures.
“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.”