The wife of All Blacks great Jonah Lomu has spoken of the family’s “great sadness” at his death.
Lomu, aged 40, died at his Auckland home overnight after returning from Dubai on Tuesday, where he had been holidaying after the Rugby World Cup.
Nadene Lomu issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon, posting on Facebook with a family photo: “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 Dhyreille, 5.
A neighbour of the family said she saw two ambulances and police at their home, in the Auckland suburb of Epsom, shortly after 11 on Wednesday morning.
Lomu battled kidney disorders since the end of 1995 when he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. He had a kidney transplant in 2004.