AUCKLAND – Jonah Lomu, aged 40 has died suddenly at his family home in Remuera, Auckland shortly after returning from the Rugby World Cup in the UK.
In what is expected to send shockwaves around the world, it is thought that Lomu collapsed at his home shortly before passing away.
Lomu is widely regarded as one of the most destructive rugby players in the history of the game after coming on the scene in 1994. Arguably, his most well known act on the rugby field was the play that led to one of his three tries in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi final when he literally ran over the top of English fullback Mike Catt.
Reaching the pinnacle of the sport during that tournament, it was shortly after when the hulking winger was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome.
And it is since then that he’s struggled with the rare kidney disease. However, in recent times, his diseased had been well managed, with the Auckland-born Lomu well enough to fulfill his corporate obligations during the Rugby World Cup in the UK.
It is not likely that the kidney disease directly felled Lomu, however, it is expected to have played some kind of role.
Despite his great feats on the field, he will be also greatly remembered for his gentle kindness off the field.