21 November 2015
by David Sygall
Former All Blacks coach John Hart reveals Jonah Lomu's cause of death
RIP: Jonah Lomu, 1975-2015.
New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu died from cardiac arrest related to his kidney condition, family spokesman and former All Blacks coach John Hart said.
At a press conference to announce funeral and ceremonial arrangements for Lomu, who died overnight on Tuesday, Hart revealed that Lomu's widow Nadene was struggling to come to grips with the sudden loss just a day after arriving back from Dubai following the Rugby World Cup in England.
He said Lomu had been in good health and had "a magic time" at the World Cup.
The 40-year-old rugby star was fine when he went to bed on Tuesday night, but he was found dead in the morning.
"He'd had cardiac arrest, clearly related to his kidney condition," Hart said, flanked by members of the Lomu family and former All Blacks great Michael Jones.
Lomu's mother Hepi broke down in tears when Hart mentioned it was her birthday.
"It's just one of those things ... that took a great man from us."
Hart said no funeral arrangements had yet been finalised but the All Blacks fortress of Eden Park was being discussed as a potential venue for a public memorial.
Talks are continuing between government, local government, the New Zealand Rugby Union and Lomu's church, Hart said.
An announcement was expected by Monday.
There would be two ceremonies over two days, a private funeral and burial, as well as a public event.
"We want an event where people can come and be part of it," Hart said.
The Lomu family wanted to pass on their thanks for the "outpouring of love" from around the world, he said.