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Rugby Union legend Jonah Lomu has unexpectedly passed away at age 40

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At the age of 40, famous New Zealand Rugby Union player Jonah Lomu passed away in Auckland on Wednesday. Having come back recently from working at the World Cup in the UK and holidaying in Dubai, his death was “totally unexpected”.

He was one of the youngest All Blacks players of all time when he joined at the young age of 19. Over the years he became feared on the pitch as he was one of the finest rugby union players with his speed, agility and strength.

Lomu made 63 test appearances in the All Blacks jersey scoring 37 tries in those appearances from 1994-2002. He and South Africa winger Bryan Habana are joint top try scorer in World Cup History scoring 15 tries in 11 games.

In 1996 he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome which is a rare kidney disorder. He took a break from the game in 1997, returned for a few years and then retired in 2002. In 2004 he received a kidney transplant but his body rejected it in 2011 and had to return to dialysis.

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". New Zealand Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman called Jonah the “first global rugby superstar”.

He is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

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