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Sean Wainui: coroner investigating demise of New Zealand rugby participant

The demise of New Zealand rugby union participant Sean Wainui is being dealt with as a suspected suicide, consistent with a coroner.

The 25-yr-old, who performed for Super Rugby crew the Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and the Māori All Blacks, died on 18 October.

Wainui is survived through his spouse Paige and their  children. The coroner Louella Dunn showed on Tuesday that Wainui’s case is being dealt with as a suspected suicide.

In a publish to social media, his spouse Paige expressed her grief and paid tribute to Wainui.

“I’m in absolute portions and in a lot ache understanding my complete different 1/2 of to me has left this earth … however I will all the time rejoice you my love for being the maximum great and remarkable husband and father you have been and the unique years we were given to spend collectively in this earth.”

Wainui become one of the brightest stars in Super Rugby, having made his debut withinside the opposition for the Crusaders in 2016 earlier than becoming a member of the Chiefs in 2018.

The centre and low winger made forty four appearances for the Hamilton-primarily based totally club, scoring ninety points. In May this yr signed for NPC crew Bay of Plenty for the 2021 provincial rugby season.

Wainui made headlines in advance this yr while he have become the primary Super Rugby participant to attain 5 attempts in a unmarried match, withinside the Chiefs’ one-sided win over the Waratahs in Sydney.

In a announcement on Monday ultimate week, New Zealand Rugby stated it become a “darkish day” for the game.

“Our mind are with Sean and his whānau [family], in particular Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we provide them our complete assist at what’s the maximum hard of times,” NZR leader govt Mark Robinson stated.

“We realize Sean’s passing could be felt deeply through all people worried in rugby, in particular his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, and we proportion their sorrow and their shock.”

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