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A public memorial for New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu, who died earlier this month at 40, is under way at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland.

The former All Black was capped 63 times by his country and considered one of rugby's first global superstars.

On Saturday New Zealand's Pacific Islander community gathered to remember Lomu, who was of Tongan descent.

He was diagnosed with a rare kidney condition in 1995, but the exact cause of death has not been established.

Doctors now believe he died as a result of a blood clot that developed on the long flight back from the UK where he had recently been watching the Rugby World Cup with his wife and two young boys, says the BBC's Jon Donnison in Auckland.

Widow of Jonah Lomu, Nadene Lomu walks onto Eden Park with her two sons Brayley Lomu and Dhyreille Lomu, her mother Lois, father Mervyn Kuiek and mother of Jonah Lomu, Hepi Lomu at the Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu at Eden Park on November 30, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.Image copyrightGetty Images
Image captionLomu's wife Nadene and two sons Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5, walk out onto Eden park

Thousands of people, including many from the New Zealand's Pacific Island communities are attending the service.

Prime Minister John Key paid tribute to Lomu's contribution to rugby and his charity work.

Jonah Lomu is expected to be buried at a private funeral on Tuesday.


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