From Morgan Freeman to the Queen, tributes flow in for “Gentle Giant” Lomu

Jonah Lomu was many things to many people – father to his sons, loving husband, son, fellow kidney disease sufferer

Jonah Lomu was many things to many people – father to his sons, loving husband, son, fellow kidney disease sufferer and, of course, rugby legend. But as his family prepares for a public memorial service in his honour, we’re learning that Lomu’s gentle spirit reached right around the world and touched the hearts of people from all walks of life.

Tributes have flown in from fans in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and South Africa. But there have been some surprises, too.

Morgan Freeman, who learned about Lomu’s strength and skill while researching for his role in the film Invictus about the 1995 World Cup that made Lomu a legend, said he was “heartbroken” to learn about his death.

Heartbroken to hear the news about All Black legend Jonah Lomu. His strength and passion were a source of inspiration to…

Posted by Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meanwhile, British football star and freshly crowned “sexiest man alive” David Beckham posted this tribute to the fallen hero.

Fleetwood Mac dedicated the heartbreaking song Landslide to Lomu at their concert in Dunedin, leaving not a dry eye in the ouse.


Even the Queen has honoured the 40-year-old, who does from heart failure related to his rare kidney disease, asking New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to pass on her condolences to the nation, the ABC reports.

Lomu’s father-in-law Mervyn Quirk had earlier issued a statement acknowledging the public for their support.

“We wish to thank all the people who have expressed their sympathies for our family at this incredibly difficult time,” Quirk said in a statement.

“We are truly touched by the outpouring of love for Jonah and the support for our family.

“While we grieve for a husband, father, son, brother and good mate, we know that many people in New Zealand and around the world are mourning a very special individual.”

Join us in remembering Jonah Lomu, the gentle giant of rugby who was taken far too young. 


  1. Thank you for the excitement you created on the field and changed Gods Game forever. Have missed you since you became unwell and could no longer don the Black and White. I believe it is the game played in heaven, so hopefully you will join the ranks.

  2. RIP Jonah, I loved seeing you play, you were like a runnaway locomotive, you will be truly missed, condolences to your family.

  3. Prayers for your mother as her heart will be broken beyond compare . Mothers see their children somewhat different to the rest of the world ………

  4. He was an amazing young man who had an incredible talent. A gentle giant who will be missed by many. RIP big fella loved watching u.

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