Jonah Lomu
1975 - 2015
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Jonah Lomu, who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed only to be felled by a kidney illness that extinguished his meteoric All Blacks career, died suddenly at his home in Auckland. He was 40.

Nadene Lomu, the wife and manager of the rugby great, confirmed Lomu's death in a statement Wednesday. Lomu had struggled with a kidney illness for 20 years but former All Blacks doctor and family friend John Mayhew said the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

"It is with great sadness that I must announce my dear husband Jonah Lomu died (overnight)," Nadene Lomu said. "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."

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."

The son of immigrants from Tonga, innately humble off the pitch, was at his devastating best at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, scoring 15 tries in 11 games but never winning the trophy.

The stabbing death of a friend steered Lomu away from street gangs in the blue-collar suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, where he grew up.

Rugby gave him new direction. He channeled anger he felt about his father into the sport. Aged just 19 for the first of his 63 tests, he was a physical colossus for a winger - 1.96 meters tall (6-foot-4); 119 kilograms (262 pounds) - and quite terrifying when pounding through defensive lines at speed.

Nephrotic syndrome, a degenerative kidney illness, curtailed his career at his peak. Lomu tried making a comeback after a 2004 transplant but was forced to abandon hopes of playing the 2007 World Cup. He played his last match in 2006.

At the height of his career, Lomu had the ear of Nelson Mandela, charmed Hollywood comedian Robin Williams - who wore an All Blacks cap and called him "mate" - and visited parliaments and palaces.

In 1998, he won a rugby sevens gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. At the 1999 World Cup, he scored eight tries in six games, including two in New Zealand's semifinal loss to France.

Lomu remained an All Black until 2002, but his health faded. He required dialysis three times a week. After his kidney transplant, he played with New Zealand's North Harbour province and, with moderate success, for the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

"I was hoping that it would get better but it never did," he said. "But, you know, I would never change anything."

Lomu is survived by his third wife Nadene and his sons Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5. He was previously married to Tanya Rutter from 1996 to 2000 and Fiona Lomu (nee Taylor) from 2003 to 2008.


STEVE McMORRAN, AP Sports Writer

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Published by The State on Nov. 18, 2015.
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God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
May 14, 2020
Valenda Newell
November 26, 2016
R.I.P Jonah lomu
December 6, 2015
Paul Haerens
December 3, 2015
Kia Kaha to Jonah's Family xx

An interesting person you are Jonah.

Rest in peace
Verotia, Charles & Family
December 2, 2015
To the family, may you all accept my condolence.No words can explain how you all maybe feeling at this difficult time .But our heavenly father knows he will help you all to cope with your loss.(1Peter 5:8) He care for you all.
December 2, 2015
Thank you for everything that you have done. You are one of a kind. May God bless you and shower his unconditional love upon your family especially during this sad time.
Ngaire Tauhara-White
December 1, 2015
I never had the privilege of seeing you live, but no one performed the Hakka with the fury and passion that you did. Thank you for everything you contributed to rugby. You are a star that will never be extinguished. Thank you
Lynda Platts
November 30, 2015
They say that rugby union is the game played in Heaven. We will all be thinking of you.
As Wallabies supporters, we thank you for your contribution to the game and your leadership in life.
Lorraine Parsons
November 30, 2015
Rest in peace Jonah. Gone to soon but you will never be forgotten not only in New Zealand but worldwide. Our thoughts go out to your wife, sons also your Mum.
Moira Wilson
November 30, 2015
RIP Jonah. Only the good die young, and you certainly were one of those.
My thoughts are with your wife and 2 sons.

Margaret Nickson Perth
November 29, 2015
In heaven there are two great souls who share the name of "Jona/h". One was engulfed, for a time, by a whale. The other, with his whale's size heart, engulf the World. God richly bless you Nadine, and your two lovely children.
Ken Lewis. Nelson
November 29, 2015
RIP Jonah, you will never be forgotten.
Condolences to Jonah's family.
The Petch Family
November 29, 2015
RIP Jonah
Jozef ten Berge
November 29, 2015
You will never be forgotten Jonah. People all around the world loved you.
Gary Stewart
November 29, 2015
Vanessa Cleave
November 29, 2015
Rest easy big man - you gave us all such pleasure and excitement. Your achievements will live on - they broke the mould and there is no one to make another the same god bless
Andy Bomphrey
November 29, 2015
So unfair....your family will miss u enormously
Di Gordon
November 29, 2015
Our king has gone too soon!
We all miss you Jonah
n rapihana
November 29, 2015
So sad that you have passed away, a great All Black that has left us with wonderful memories. RIP
Dianne Staallard
November 28, 2015
A great loss to Rugby and to NZ...What a great sportsman,makes us all proud to be NZdrs
Fiona L
November 27, 2015
Jonah you were a great man a great friend to so many people r I p
Sharon Brewer
November 27, 2015
rest in peace fly free no more pain and enjoy the bright stars
lou illsley
November 27, 2015
Shelley Matthews
November 27, 2015
November 26, 2015
Sorry to hear of your loss. May the love of family and friends be a source of comfort and strength during this time of sadness.
November 26, 2015
RIP #Legend #JL11
Jean Mana
November 25, 2015
thanks for the memorys big fella? gone too soon,
ashley smith
November 25, 2015
Just one word a Legend

Play ball in the sky

South Africa
November 24, 2015
You was the man, a true legend, sportsman, husband, father. We have the memories of your powerful runs, we will remember them. Your in Gods hand now bro.
Rugby will become stronger and stronger above all other sports on the memories that you've left behind.
Rest in Peace my friend.......
John Walker
November 24, 2015
November 24, 2015
Another star shining brightly in the sky. You are forever a legend Jonah
Doreen Paton
November 24, 2015
To Mrs J.Lomu & Children & family

I am one of the millions of Jonah Lomu's rugby fans. I am deeply saddened once I heard on the Pacific radio that Lomu had passed away. My deepest condolences to you and your precious children for the loss of your beloved exceptional genuine,loving,gentle and humble husband and father. I feel your pain and agony. I wish all the best on Jonah's journey. May God shine upon him to His everlasting place. God bless Jonah's soul. May God's loving and caring spirit heal and comfort your painful hearts. My prayers are with you always. God bless.

Sami Steele
November 24, 2015
The world mourns the loss of a sporting icon. You may be gone but you will live on in many others hearts.

Thank you for your contribution to the game of rugby and for the fond memories.

You were a gentleman and a wonderful soul.

Sending our love to your wife and extended family from all our family. May God bless you all.
Colin Sansom
November 24, 2015
He was a great rugby player and put NZ rugby on the world stage
a man of dignity and compassion who will be in memory forever all over the world

Gary & Gloria POTIER
November 24, 2015
May fond memories keep your loved one alive in your hearts always. Find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and He cares. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
November 24, 2015
Dear Nadine your husband was truly a gentle giant! We loved watching him play and our hearts go out to you.
Joan Burnell
November 24, 2015
May you Rest in Peace big guy. Deepest condolences to your family.
Forever young & strong.
Sharon Adams
November 24, 2015
RIP Jonah NZ loved you.

Yvonne Botica.
November 23, 2015
Sorry for your loss may the God of all comfort(Psalms 83:18) comfort the family and friends in their time of sorrow.

DHarrison Bellwood, Illinois
November 23, 2015
RIP Jonah, condolence's to your family x
Missy Blackburn
November 23, 2015
I recall my daughter (who doesn't know the first thing about rugby) asking me to take her to a game in Perth, Scotland, just because Jonah Lomu was playing. Unfortunately, Jonah had been whisked off to London to record "This is your Life" on British television. This is an example of the impact Jonah Lomu had on World rugby.

He may not be with us, but his memory and legacy shall.
George Campbell
November 23, 2015
may God put his comforting arms around your family at this time of grieving Jonah
From the Carline Family
Lorraine Carline
November 23, 2015
A true legend gone too soon. Always remembered and missed by many.
Karen Ackland
November 23, 2015
Rest in Heavenly Peace JL11 such a humble #Legend you were
Jean Mana
November 22, 2015
r.i.p. jonah
cherry cola
November 22, 2015
Sincere condolences to your whanau.
Your memory will live on Jonah Lomu.
M McAllister
November 22, 2015
Thank you for all you have given to your fellow countrymen Tongan and Kiwi alike. Thank you to the huge contributions you have made nationally and internationally. What a humble gentlemen you were and a legacy you leave for many of young males and females to want to follow in your footstep. Thank you Jonah your memory will live on. Heartfelt condolences especially to your wife and your two wee sons. Sincere aroha to your Mum, family and friends. May the days ahead be a little less painful to those who were close to you. Moe mai ra i te Rangatira, haere ki ou tupna matua i te po.
November 22, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to Jonah's family, especially his mum, wife and boys. It was a great pleasure to meet Jonah and something my children and I will treasure for life. A true inspiration!!
Mandy Marsters
November 22, 2015
My sincere respect and condolences to his wife, sons, and family for the loss of his beloved one, Jonah. He made a good name for himself and was a good addition to his team. No word would ever be able to take your pain away, but may Heavenly Father grant you the strength to endure your grief - for He can become your stronghold during this times of sadness.
November 22, 2015
Rest in Piece Jonah,it was great to meet you in person,and get your autograph,thank you very much,and a big thank you for the great memories,and what you acheived.
Paul Thomas
November 22, 2015
Thank you for the memories Jonah, you were a humble man which made you even a bigger role model. Prayers to your family in such a sudden and sad time.
Alan McCleary
November 21, 2015
Graeme & Pam Beer
November 21, 2015
Jonah you were an inspiration to all of us kiwis living in Aussie.There was never a game you played in that we didn't watch.Our heart felt sympathy to your wife sons and extended family.So rest in peace now as you are free from all that pain.Helen and Bill Dee .Perth WA
Helen Dee
November 21, 2015
RIP Jonah, Condolences to your wonderful family
perring family
November 21, 2015
RIP Jonah.
Chloe Crofskey
November 21, 2015
RIP Jonah you will be missed dearly.
Chloe Crofskey
November 21, 2015
Rest In Peace Jonah Lomu
Philippa Christian
November 21, 2015
deepest sympathy to the family of Jonah...A life cut all too soon
sally mccauley
November 21, 2015
Your dear mother did her best to raise you and you became a Prince - our Tongan Prince of New Zealand. I hope many children will aim to be just like you, to focus on being the best in every aspect of life, especially in trying to make a difference in the lives of other people. If I had a son I would want one just like you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family in their very sudden loss of son, husband and father. RIP Jonah, shining over us from heaven.
Gaye McKAY
November 21, 2015
My condolences to your family. May "the God of all comfort" comfort you during this most difficult time.
November 21, 2015
Rest In Heavenly Peace Jonah :( #GoneTooSoon
Jean Mana
November 21, 2015
Your time has come, so you must go.
Tho your death caught us off-guard
You weren't ready, I know

The whole World took it hard!
Your family & fans thru-out the World
Loved you Jonah without a doubt!
A great rugby player
you showed them all.
You were loved...
Can you hear us all shout?!
Barbara Thomas
November 21, 2015
I felt sad that you had lived with such pain over the years...but did this stop you from enjoying your life? No! Because you showed the world & many fans that you could do anything you wanted to do, regardless. I was amazed to know how you had lived your life, Jonah. I admired you, overall. I give my condolences to your whole family. I am truly sorry for the loss of your life. You are one in a million... XX
Barbara Thomas
November 21, 2015
Our hearts go out to your family at this sad time.
You were not only a legend but a hero both on and off the field. Those wanted to be you or be like you Jonah.

May God treasure you as much as we have.
Keleigh Mitchelle
November 21, 2015
Keleigh Mitchelle
November 21, 2015
To our Kiwi King Jonah. Never forgotten honey.
Mere Birch
November 21, 2015
Rest easy Kiwi King. Was gonna say kiwi Kong but Robin might say I stole his line. Much love from my partner Brian & our family.
Mere Birch
November 21, 2015
A battler on the field and in life. Another of life's journey's begins for you Jonah.
From a fellow transplant recipient.
November 21, 2015
Heartfelt sympathy to all jonahs family. Never met you Jonah , so why can't I stop crying . Be at peace now , am sure the pearly gates will welcome you with open arms . What a man.
Cathy from Liverpool
Cathy Bird
November 21, 2015


Buddy Marsh And Family..
Buddy Marsh
November 20, 2015
rest in peace Jonah
Bill Neate
william neate
November 20, 2015
rip Jonah
may you always aim for those post in the sky!!!!!
November 20, 2015
RIP jonah
brian brough
November 20, 2015
May Jesus guide you to the Eternal Peace of Gods Heaven
Your time to Rest Jonah.
Kia Kaha Nadene, Brayley and Dhyreille.
Tino Arohanui,
Spencer Johannes, Claudia, Onja and Dina and All your young friends from Petone Primary.
Haere, Haere, Haere Ra!
Marjorie Kuiper
November 20, 2015
It is so sad that the good guys go so young.

You have left a legacy that will never be forgotten. I'm not into Rugby but you were a person who believed in setting an example by just being you. You were the best.
Lesley Mc
November 20, 2015
Thanks for playing the game rugby. You played hard and fair.
Ian Jenkins
November 20, 2015
My thoughts are with you in such difficult times.
I know right now seems hard to believe, but time is a great healer and slowly will help you to ease the paying.

kenzia bradstone
November 20, 2015
Loved watching you play big feller. the game will be poorer without even your presence. But don't they say rugby is the game they play in heaven?
Terry Pankhurst
November 20, 2015
Condolences to the Lomu family.Gone too soon,but memories that will last forever.You will be a shining star in heaven,that your wife and children will recognise.No more suffering R.I.P Jennifer Hay,and other Kiwi"s from the Sunshine Coast,Queensland Australia
November 20, 2015
A great legend of a man who will never be forgotten.. "You'll never walk alone" Jonah. RIP.
Hunt family
November 20, 2015
Legend at rest,will always be remembered...
Condolences to his family, friends in NZ and world,he will be sadly missed.....
RIP Jonah....
Kiwis from Gold Coast Australia
All NZ Kiwis
November 20, 2015
what a great example of the good in human character; the humbleness of a man whose quiet and simple words touched our hearts. you gave so much of yourself and yet took so little. sleep easy Jonah.
November 20, 2015
November 20, 2015
RIP Your legend will live on. Thank you for being part of our world. Kia Kaha
November 20, 2015
Rest in paradise
November 20, 2015
One of the greatest role models, New Zealander's be proud to have known such a humble man and shared him with the world. Such a positive person during such challenging times with his own battles with health. It hurts you are no longer here, as you were unique and a true champion on the rugby field. RIP
Lisa Dorgan
November 20, 2015
The greatest player that can never be replicated, you made the rugby nation and the world watch in awe from the day your name Jonah Lomu, was known, you were one hell of a gifted player, people around the world couldn't get enough of this young kid who grabbed the nations attention and boy did you leave your mark. Jonah you are a Legend, you took rugby to where it is today, the world mourns your loss. One great rugby player. Love and prayers to the Whanau. R.I.P. Jonah xox
Moana Watene
November 20, 2015
R.I.P Jonah
November 20, 2015
A wife has lost her beloved husband, two small boys have lost their loving father and the world has lost a good human being.
RIP Jonah, remembered always
November 20, 2015
aroha nui brother
November 20, 2015
Sleep well Jonah - your talent was an art you gave to rugby - this has been etched into people's minds when you toook that ball - What a wonderful player and human being you were - Lomu, Lomu, Lomu - those words echo in my mind big man when we think of you - Arohanui to your wife and two beautiful children in this time of sorrow Now you can rest
Ngahuia Dixon
November 20, 2015
Such a great rugby player, such a great man. Never forget you, I already have transmitted the legend to my sons. Forever THE All Black through generations.

Condolences to his wife and sons.
November 20, 2015
RIP will be sadly missed throughout NZ and the world. I was privileged enough to watch your first test game in Chch in 1994 so treasure that memory of you.
Deepest sympathies to your family with much love
November 20, 2015
November 20, 2015
Jonah, you were amazing to watch ball in one hand and you were off.God Bless all your family,rest peacefully.
Heather Richards
November 19, 2015
You were such an inspiration to our youth not only in New Zealand but around the world. There will only ever be ONE JONAH. REST IN PEACE.
Anne and Greg Wharepapa
November 19, 2015
So very sad, a nation is in mourning, we will never forget you Jonah, what you did for rugby on and off the field, the inspiration to young players, you did us proud. Love to all your family.
annette szaszy
November 19, 2015
A sad loss not only for NZ but the world R I P Jonah

B M E.
November 19, 2015
So sorry for your loss . May God help you and two young ones .
November 19, 2015
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