Jonah Lomu’s father dies

Jonah Lomu, the global superstar of rugby union will farewell his father, Semisi Lomu who has died Wednesday this week after years of battle with diabetes and kidney, liver and heart problems.

"To my dearest Father you will be missed. Words will never do. The family will miss your presence. God has you now. We love you," 38-year-old Lomu tweeted on Wednesday night.

Lomu thanked his fans online last Friday 21  for their “kind words of support” saying his dad was “comfortable as he can be and thats all we can for him".

In 2003 Lomu’s dad pleaded with the legendary All Blacks to consider joining the “World Cup fearing it could affect his recovery from a life-threatening kidney disorder”.

"The World Cup is not worth his life," Semisi Lomu told a New Zealand newspaper.

"He needs to turn his mind off rugby and the World Cup and focus solely on getting better. He's thinking too far ahead. He may getting pushed by people I don't know," he said.

Last year the former All Black Jonah Lomu told Woman’s Weekly  his dad has diabetes, kidney, liver and heart problems and  he "wasn't likely to see Christmas"

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