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Jonah Lomu death: Rugby star's wife Nadene's 'devastating loss' after legend's death at the age of 40

Jonah Lomu's wife has spoken of the family's "great sadness" after his sudden death.

The icon, dubbed the game's first global superstar died suddenly at the age of 40 overnight.

He had been was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease in 1996, and had a transplant in 2004 that would ultimately fail in 2011.

Nadene Lomu, on Facebook, 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 and may I ask that our privacy, especially the privacy of our two very young boys, be respected as we take them through this traumatic time. "

Lomu and his wife have two young sons, Brayley (6) and five-year-old Dhyreille.

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