Details emerge that Jonah Lomu was "penniless" when he died last month 5 years ago

Details emerge that Jonah Lomu was "penniless" when he died last month

His friends have vowed to look after Lomu's two sons.

Jonah Lomu was financially broke when he died last month because of medical costs, bad business decisions and his generosity to others.

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Rob Nichol, from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, said Lomu’s kindness towards his family and those close to him had left him with little money.

Speaking to The New Zealand Herald, Nichol said, "There's not great savings there. There's certainly nothing that's going to sustain any ongoing financial benefit for the family."

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The news of the dire state of his finances has prompted former rugby players and friends of the All Black to set up the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust.

The money raised by the trust will be used to support his two young son Dhyreille (age 6) and Brayley (5).

Lomu died last month after a 20 year battle with kidney disease. He was forty.