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Former All Black and Samoan international Dylan Mika dies aged 45

The flanker was a member of the All Blacks 1999 World Cup squad.

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FORMER ALL BLACK Dylan Mika has died suddenly at the age of 45, his family have announced.

Mika played two tests for Samoa before switching to New Zealand following a three-year stand-down period and played seven tests for the All Blacks, according to the New Zealand Herald.

He was also a member of the All Blacks’ 1999 World Cup squad, playing twice against Italy and South Africa during the tournament.

The 45-year-old had diabetes and is suspected to have died from a heart attack, according to reports in New Zealand.

His family issued a statement following his passing, in which they described him as a ‘warm wonderful caring man.’

“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.”

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