All Blacks great Lomu dies aged 40

Jonah Lomu, considered one of New Zealand’s finest rugby union players of all time, has died at the age of 40.

New Zealand rugby union great Jonah Lomu has died aged 40.

Lomu, who scored 43 tries in 73 matches for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002, was diagnosed with a serious kidney condition while still playing.

It forced him to quit the game and he had a kidney transplant in 2004, but it stopped functioning in 2011.

“Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world,” said New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew.

“We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family.”

Family spokesman John Mayhew told New Zealand television that Lomu’s death was “totally unexpected” and that he had only arrived back from the UK, after spending time there for the Rugby World Cup, on Tuesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said: “The thoughts of the entire country are with his family.”

In an interview with the Daily Mail in August,