Former All Black Dylan Mika has passed away

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The family of Dylan Mika has issued this statement:

“It is with great sadness that the family of Dylan announce that he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Auckland.

“Dylan was a very much loved husband to Tracy, father to their daughter Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

“He was a hugely talented athlete, well respected in the Samoan community and abroad but just as importantly to his friends and family a warm wonderful caring man. Gone far too soon at the age of just 45.”

Mika was All Black number 982.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said the rugby community was stunned by the news and deeply saddened at his passing.

“Dylan is one of the rare talents, that represented both Samoa and New Zealand at a time when rugby had not long turned professional. He continued to have an active involvement in rugby both in Auckland and Samoa, and in particular, in his loyalty to the New Zealand Barbarians. Our thoughts are with Dylan’s family and friends,” he said.

The family have asked for privacy as they deal with the shock of his sudden passing.