Jonah Lomu's wife posts heartfelt tribute 5 years after his passing: 'My insides are crushed'

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Jonah Lomu scores against England at the 1995 World Cup (Getty).
Jonah Lomu scores against England at the 1995 World Cup (Getty).

Late former All Blacks star Jonah Lomu's widow Nadene has paid tribute to him five years after his death.

Lomu died aged 40 on 18 November 2015 of a heart attack, which was linked to his rare kidney disorder.

At the time, the couple's sons, Brayley and Dhyreille, were six and five respectively.

Nadene Lomu took to social media on Thursday to pay tribute to the former All Blacks winger, who shot to stardom at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

She wrote: "Never would I ever thought a single person could shred my heart into a gazillion pieces, pieces that could never be put back together fully.

"To this very day, five years ago that's exactly what happened ... Jonah, you tore my world apart with your departure to the point I struggled to breathe ... I know you'd give anything to be here with your boys and I right now, as I would too ... just one last anything, everything you ever wanted for us and more, all that we were working for together.

"There's not a moment that I don't wish you were still here. I feel sick, I'd rather sleep the entire day away and wake up the next morning just to get through but I can't, I can't because your boys need me to be their pillar of strength, they need me to smile even though my insides are hurting and crushed beyond repair.

"In my moments of weakness you are my strength, I hear you, I feel you and I know you are watching over us and you still walk by my side.

"I will always stand to be your voice for what you wanted and believed in but most of all, I stand with your strength to be the best I can be for your boys like you asked me too, no matter what, no matter who thinks they know better.

"I will always love you Jonah, my heart will always be yours and our boys will always be my everything in this life and the next, till FOREVER. Yours truly."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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