Former New Zealand winger Va’aiga Tuigamala, who also represented Samoa in rugby league, has died at the age of 52, his former club Wigan Warriors announced on Thursday.
Tuigamala’s death comes just weeks after his younger sister, Helen Verry, died due to an accident at a West Auckland church, who was the youngest of his 14 siblings.
Va’aiga Tuigamala Cause Of Death
How Did Va’aiga Tuigamala Die? Va’aiga Tuigamala died on February 24, 2022, at the age of 52 years in Auckland, New Zealand. The death of Va’aiga Tuigamala was announced by his former teams but the exact cause of Va’aiga Tuigamala’s death was not disclosed.
Va’aiga Tuigamala was survived by his brother, Faumuina To’aletai Mafaufau David Tua, and his other family members.
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Tuigamala later returned to rugby union and signed for the Newcastle Falcons in a then world-record deal reportedly worth 1 million pounds ($1.34 million).
In 1996, he made his test debut for Manu Samoa against Ireland, before becoming a key member of their squad at the 1999 World Cup.
He finished his playing career in 2002 with England’s Newcastle, where he made over 100 appearances.
After he’d hung his boots, Tuigamala acted as an advisor for heavyweight boxer, good friend, and fellow Samoan David Tua, before starting his own funeral company in west Auckland.