Shock as All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40
The rugby world is in mourning following the death of All Blacks star Jonah Lomu who passed away unexpectedly in Auckland this morning, aged 40.
John Mayhew, the former All Blacks doctor, confirmed the news, a local TV station reported.
"We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.
"Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world. We're lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family."
Lomu had suffered from health problems since retiring from the sport in 2002 due to the rare kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome.
Lomu, who is regarded as rugby's first superstar, had been on dialysis treatment for the past 10 years. He played in 63 Tests for New Zealand after making his debut in 1994, scoring 37 tries. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.