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Jonah Lomu
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    (May 12, 1975-November 18, 2015)
    Born in Auckland, New Zealand
    Rugby union player
    Member of the New Zealand All Blacks (1994-2002)
    Scored 37 tries in 63 international matches
    Inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame (2007)
    Appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit (2007)
    He ran away from home at age fourteen.
    He was heavily tattooed.
    He tried to keep his health problems secret from his coaches.
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    His father was a violent drunk who would beat his mother.
    He was the first international star of rugby union.
    In a 2015 poll, his performance at the 1995 semifinals, where he scored four tries by running through and over the English defenders, was named the greatest feat in World Cup history.
    He was described as inspiring 'equal amounts of admiration and fear' in opponents.
    He had a successful sports career despite suffering nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney disorder.
    He received a kidney transplant (2004), but his body later rejected it (2011).
    He was a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand.

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