The former All Blacks star has some kind words for the late actor and comedian.
The news that actor and comedian Robin Williams has died aged 63 has come as a shock to many across the world.
The tributes that have poured out for the American has shown just how many people he influenced and affected during a varied career that saw him start in standup and go onto become an Academy Award winner.
Sport was no different, with Williams mocking both cricket and football in his hilarious routines and perhaps somewhat more bizarrely sharing a close friendship with New Zealand rugby union legend Jonah Lomu.
The Good Will Hunting and Dead Poet’s Society star was a big fan of the All Blacks and upon hearing the news about the death of his friend Lomu has paid this touching tribute.
“My friend, it’s sad to hear of your passing, it was an honour and privilege to have known you and we sure had a lot of laughs together,” the 39-year-old wrote on his official website.
“I still remember the first time we met, it feels like yesterday but we have both grown up a little more since then, our times together were always full of laughs, you were a great person.
“Our first time in becoming great friends was when you had just finished filming Jumangi, I thought you had signed me a copy of the book Jumangi but when I opened it up it was the script of your entire movie, I will always treasure that my friend and will show it to my boys too.
“Another great memory for me was when we met in San Francisco, a catch up that was meant to be 30 minutes but we ended up laughing and talking for over 2 hours.
“You then surprised me in London when you were part of my tv show “This is your life” both in the UK and in New Zealand with another great friend of mine, Sir Paul Holmes, we had a lot of great times together so I thank you for each of them, thanks for all the great memories my friend.
“I liked the “what you see is what you get” about you, you made me laugh even when you weren’t even trying too, you were a warm, caring man and funny as hell!
“Our thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time and there is a world of us that will miss you my friend, you have left a presence of laughter and happiness upon the lives of many. Till we meet again for more laughs, your friends Jonah and Nadene Lomu.”
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