Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has led the tributes to rugby union great Jonah Lomu, who has died at the age of 40.
The former All Blacks winger underwent a kidney transplant in 2004 and had been on dialysis treatment for the past 10 years.
It’s testament to Lomu’s popularity and status as a sporting great that so many people - fans, pundits and fellow professionals alike - have spoken out this morning to offer their condolences to his family and remember the former New Zealand international at his world-class best.
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Taking to Instagram this morning, Gerrard wrote: “I was lucky enough to meet this legend in person, a sporting icon who will be sadly missed.
“A very interesting man who inspired people all over the world. RIP Jonah Lomu.”
Lomu had a soft spot for Liverpool
Just two years ago Gerrard shared a sofa with Lomu, who played 63 Test matches for New Zealand, and the rugby union star revealed he had followed Liverpool since the 1980s.
“I have followed Liverpool from the Ian Rush days,” Lomu said. “I have got most probably the two biggest fans in New Zealand. Whenever anything Liverpool happens they text me and go ‘this is what’s happening’. But today (pointing to Gerrard) I won.”
A gentle giant, Lomu will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
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