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Children at Jonah Lomu's old school perform moving Haka tribute

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Rugby legend Jonah Lomu has sadly passed away.

According to Daily Mail, The New Zealand superstar suffered a fatal heart attack at his home on Wednesday morning.

While the cause of the heart attack is not fully clear yet, it has been well documented that Lomu had been suffering from heart troubles since 1995 when he was diagnosed with the rare nephrotic syndrome which affects the kidneys.


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Having undergone a kidney transplant in 2004, all was supposedly well until he was hospitalised in 2011 for a kidney failure. The reason for this sudden and unexpected tragedy may well be due to his kidney problems.

While this is tragic news for rugby fans the world over, perhaps the people who will bear the brunt of this tragedy the most are the people of New Zealand, more specifically, the people living in and near Auckland, the place Lomu grew up and continued to live to this very day.

A moving tribute to the legendary All-Black player occurred today at the school Lomu attended as he was growing up - Wesley College - where a huge gathering of students performed the signature Haka in an attempt to bid farewell to their fallen star.


Despite this shocking news, Jonah Lomu will forever live on in peoples memories as being one of rugby's greatest try-scorers, one of the greatest All-Blacks ever and for his strong and determined playing attitude.

One of his many career highlights is the performance he displayed in the 1995 World Cup semi-final vs England. Lomu scored four tries, running over and through English defenders in the process, drawing gasps of awe from not just the crowd, but from the commentators and fellow players alike. 

In his World Cup career Jonah Lomu tallied 63 caps and 37 tries scored, which are not only some of the best in All-Black history, but some of the best in Rugby World Cup history.

Lomu has been inducted into both the International Rugby Hall of Fame, and the World Rugby Hall of Fame, but the more important place he will be inducted into, is in the hearts and memories of New Zealand's people. 

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