40歳という若さで亡くなった元ラグビーニュージーランド代表「オールブラックス」のJonah Lomu選手。国民的英雄の私生活はそのプレイのように輝かしいものではなかったようです。記事はThe Telegraphからの引用です。
Rugby great Jonah Lomu was 'penniless' when he died
The New Zealand star died last month with little money due to bad business decisions and his “generosity”, prompting team mates to start a trust for his two sons
New Zealand’s rugby players have started a trust fund to support the two sons of Jonah Lomu, one of the sport’s greatest champions, after it emerged that he was almost penniless when he died last month.
Rob Nichol, from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, said Lomu’s “generosity” towards his family and those close to him had left him with little money.
"There's not going to be any great windfall,” Mr Nichol told The New Zealand Herald.
“There's not great savings there. There's certainly nothing that's going to sustain any ongoing financial benefit for the family."
Lomu, 40, a spectacularly fast and powerful winger who played 63 tests for New Zealand, died last month in Auckland after suffering from kidney problems for 20 years.
As the state of his finances emerged, fellow players set up the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust to support his boys Dhyreille, 6, and Brayley, 5, but the fund will reportedly exclude Nadene, the boys' mother and Lomu’s third wife.
Mr Nichol said Lomu may have struggled to control his finances because he became a star very young and may have felt he had to build "a facade, a wall".
He was reportedly earning as much as £400,000 a year at the peak of his career.