Jonah Lomu died of cardiac arrest, family friend and former All Blacks team doctor John Mayhew has confirmed.
Lomu died at his home in Auckland surrounded by family this morning. He was 40.
Lomu’s wife spoke of the “devastating loss” she and her family have suffered with the death of the All Black legend.
Nadene Lomu said: “It is with great sadness that I must announce my dear husband Jonah Lomu died last night. As you can imagine this is a devastating loss for our family.”
She asked for privacy for her family, especially her young children, during the “traumatic time”.
Nomu was very popular in the early ninties in Kenya, he is credited for making Kenyans love rugby and has been the inspiration for our own rugby favourites such as Collins Injera, William “Lomu” Ambaka, Biko Adema and others.
Below are some of the tributes that Kenyan rugby have been pouring out since the news broke this morning.
Had the pleasure & honour of meeting #JonahLomuback in 2009 during the Rugby 7s World Cup. He was kind enough to take this photo with us. Saddened by his passing, a true #Legend and #Hero. He was#Rugby and forever will be…..
I can recall playing #JonahLomuRugby on PS1… Which other rugby player to date has a video game named after him…none?
R.I.P Jonah – WHAT A GUY!