Queen sends message of condolence to Jonah Lomu's family

The Queen has sent a message of condolence to Jonah Lomu's family, it was revealed today.

The announcement was made by former All Blacks coach John Hart at a press conference outside Jonah's Auckland home.

The Queen told the Lomu family she mourns their loss too. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Hart says this is an incredibly sad time for everyone. He passed on sincere thanks to the wonderful tributes passed on and the outpouring of love to a special man.

Former All Blacks coach John Hart talks to the media on behalf of Jonah’s family. Source: 1 NEWS

"This is a very difficult time for the family and everyone associated," he said.

Jonah's widow Nadene is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her husband, and so is everyone else, Mr Hart said.

He said Jonah's family has received messages from around the world.

Today, he announced, the Prime Minister sent a message from the Queen, to pass on her condolences to Nadene.

John Hart and Michael Jones were among the friends and family who made the announcement this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Lomu's family earlier today released a statement thanking the public for supporting them during this "incredibly difficult time".

Details of a funeral for Jonah have yet to be confirmed. Mr Hart said Eden Park was an option for a funeral venue.

He says it won't be a state funeral, but it will be a substantial event.

Jonah's death comes after several years battling health issues.

It was 1995 when he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney disorder.

His health problems came to light when he missed the historic 1996 Springboks tour, and he revealed his kidney condition to the public later that year.

Lomu was indicted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in October 2011 - the same year that his body began to reject his kidney and he went on dialysis, which he received three days a week.