New Zealand rugby union legend Jonah Lomu has passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning in Auckland, aged 40.

Former All Blacks team doctor John Mayhew confirmed to New Zealand TV station 3News: “On behalf of the Lomu family, I can confirm that Jonah Lomu died this morning, most probably about 8 or 9 this morning.”

“The family have requested privacy at this stage, they are obviously going through a terrible time.”

NZ Rugby CEO, Steve Tew, also confirmed the news on the All Blacks Twitter account this morning.

“We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu. We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family. Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.” Read more…

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New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40