News of rugby legend Jonah Lomu’s death at the age of 40 has prompted a flood of tributes on social media, with many celebrities chiming in to show their support for the All Black great.
Soccer star David Beckham was one of the first to honour Jonah’s memory, sharing a photo of a young Jonah on the field along with a touching caption.
“So sad to hear the news about this amazing giant of a man … A sporting hero and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet,” he wrote.
“A credit to his country his family and to the sport that passionately played … Jonah you will be missed.”
David has been joined by many others all sharing their condolences about the heartbreaking news.
All Black doctor John Mayhew confirmed that Jonah had passed away at the age of 40 today. The sporting legend is reported to have passed away at home in Auckland, surrounded by family.
"It's a obviously a very difficult time for Jonah's family. He's a great rugby player and a great person. It's a terrible tragedy," Mr Mayhew told TV3.
Jonah made a total of 73 appearances in the All Black jersey, making his Test debut in 1994 against France. He leaves behind wife Nadene and their sons, Brayley, six and, Dhyreille, four. Nadene shared this statement on social media after the news broke: