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Lomu death 'due to blood clot after flight'


Rugby legend Jonah Lomu

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu

Rugby great Jonah Lomu probably died from a blood clot that formed during a long-haul flight to New Zealand, one of his medics has said

Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew, who helped treat Lomu's chronic kidney disease, said a flight-related clot was the most likely explanation for his shock death in Auckland last week aged just 40.

Mayhew, a close family friend who announced the star's death to the world, said Lomu's kidney disease made him vulnerable to such a scenario.

The player had just returned to Auckland after seeing the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup in Britain, a marathon flight, even with a stopover in Dubai.