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Sonny Bill Williams shares heartbreak as nana dies on Mother's Day

Sonny Bill Williams has posted a heart-breaking tribute to his grandmother, who passed away on Mother’s Day.

Sonny Bill Williams and his beloved nana
The rugby star took to Twitter on Monday morning to inform fans of his loss, writing: “Last night I lost one of my most loved, my nana. Such a beautiful soul may the most high have mercy on her Duas pls".
He continued: “We should cherish/visit our mothers/grandmothers as much as possible because you never know when it’s there time.(sic)”
Sonny signed off his message with the touching hashtag: “EverydayIsMothersDay.”
And it appears grandma Williams had been suffering with bad health for some time, with Sonny sharing some photos of her recovery way back in March.
“Meet my nana," the star tweeted. "She’s been through a tough time lately but always the clown. May the most high bless her.”
Sonny paid tribute to his nana on Monday morning
And in 2011, the star famously missed the All Black victory parades when his beloved grandmother went into hospital, with Sonny rushing to her bedside.
The dedicated family man has one child, a daughter, with his wife Alana Raffie, who he wed in 2013. The couple welcomed Imaan back in 2014, with the All Black admitting having her was "the proudest moment of my life."