He was so dominant on the pitch that New Zealand created the catchphrase: "Remember rugby is a team game, so all 14 of you pass the ball to Jonah.”
Lomu had been in the UK covering the Rugby World Cup, and flew back to New Zealand just 24 hours before his death.
His colleagues and fellow rugby legends have been paying tribute to the great man.
New Zealand World Cup 2015 hero Dan Carter said he "would have done anything" to play on the same field as Lomu.
Commentator and former England international Brian Moore said Lomu was the first rugby player to become a global sports star.
Many have said Lomu transcended rugby and became a sporting icon. Liverpool FC, the football team he supported, paid tribute to him today.
Football legend David Beckham also paid tribute to the rugby star.
And famous stars from Australia, New Zealand's great rugby rivals, are paying tribute to Lomu.
Actor Russell Crowe, born in New Zealand but a supporter of the Australian rugby team, also paid his respects.
Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, England World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward recalled an anecdote about Lomu from the England changing rooms.
During the World Cup in England this year, South Africa's Bryan Habana equalled Lomu's try-scoring record, and came very close to breaking it a number of times.
Lomu was a natural athlete, and an image of the results from his college athletics championships has been shared thousands of times today in the wake of his passing.
The New Zealand star attended Wesley College, a school he credited with turning his life around after a difficult period in his youth, and the college's current students performed an emotional and spine-tingling haka in honour of their alum.
The sight of Lomu running down the wing with a trail of players hanging off him became a common one in '90s rugby, and clips of him in action are being shared on Twitter and Facebook.
And there are plenty of highlights from his incredible career.
Such as this one of Lomu flattening a number of England players like a bulldozer.
What is perhaps his most famous try, against England at the 1995 World Cup, has even been re-created in Lego form.
While Lomu was famous for his ability to carry a team, he was also a great team player, as shown by this clip of a mesmerising move from the All Blacks.
As a player, Lomu had kids all over the world learning the haka, and here he is performing it, for what is thought to be the last time, in Covent Garden during the Rugby World Cup this Autumn.
Many are now paying tribute to Lomu in a condolence book opened at New Zealand's RFU headquarters in Wellington.
But for some time, New Zealand, and the rugby community, will be mourning a true sporting great.