Wellington(AP/UNB) – Dylan Mika, an athletic backrower who played tests for the All Blacks and Samoa, has died at the age of 45, his family said.Mika died on Tuesday at his Auckland home of a suspected heart attack. He had been suffering from diabetes.
In a statement, Mika’s family said his death was sudden and unexpected. It said Mika 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, and caring man.”
Mika played seven tests for New Zealand, including matches against Italy and South Africa at the 1999 World Cup. After serving a three-year stand-down period, he played two tests for Samoa.Mika is survived by his wife, Tracy, and daughter, Marley.