Rugby legend dies unexpectedly after Dubai visit

All Blacks' Jonah Lomu has died at age 40
ByHend FadelWednesday , 18 November 2015
Rugby legend dies unexpectedly after Dubai visit
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Jonah Lomu in Dubai

Jonah Lomu, former All Blacks rugby giant, died unexpectedly from a kidney disease in New Zealand on Wednesday after he returned home from a trip to Dubai.

The rugby legend came to Dubai for a holiday after his Unstoppable tour in England, and was enjoying his stay at Madinat Jumeirah with his family. He took to Twitter to show fans glimpses of his stay and also shared pictures of himself next to the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.

The rugby player was last pictured at Auckland Airport on Tuesday evening after returning from Dubai, and passed away in his Auckland home shortly afterwards. His death shocked many including New Zealand Rugby cheif executive, Steve Tew, who tweeted: "We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu. Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world."

The sportsman became an overnight sensation in 1994 when, at 19, he became the youngest person to play in an All Blacks test when he took the field against France for his debut. A year later, he made his mark on the World Cup stage by scoring seven tries in five games, including four in a famous victory over England. He scored 37 tries for his country and shares the World Cup try-scoring record with 15.

Lomu was forced to cut his rugby playing career short after he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. He received regular dialysis treatment to help him combat his kidney issues.


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