Blood Clot Likely Cause of Jonah Lomu Death: Doctor

Jonah Lomu
Jonah Lomu

New Zealand's rugby legend Jonah Lomu poses during a coaching tour in Hong Kong March 23, 2011, two days before the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament. Reuters/Bobb

Jonah Lomu’s doctor said on Monday that the former New Zealand rugby union star’s death was likely caused by a blood clot formed after a long haul flight from London to New Zealand.

Although Lomu suffered from a chronic kidney disease, the former All Blacks team doctor John Mayhew, who treated Lomu’s existing disorder, Guardian reports .

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in a statement: “This service will be open to all members of the public who want to remember the significant contribution Jonah made, not only to rugby here and overseas, but also to the wider community through his work with charities such as UNICEF and Kidney Kids NZ.”

He added: “The service will be a celebration of Jonah’s life.”

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