Tributes were paid to Jonah Lomu today at the Hampshire children’s hospice he visited just weeks ago.
Staff at Naomi House near Winchester were among the millions around the world shocked by the death of the All Blacks rugby legend at the age of 40.
Lomu, who had battled kidney disease, visited the hospice in September and met children and staff.
Today Naomi House chief executive Mark Smith said: ‘News of Jonah’s passing has shocked and saddened everyone here at Naomi House & Jacksplace.
‘His relationship with our charity was a relatively new one, yet he had a deep understanding of our work and brought many smiles to the faces of children, young people and families cared for at our hospices.
‘He was a tremendous ambassador and a true sporting legend. Our thoughts are with his wonderful family at this difficult time.’