Former All Black Mika dead, aged 45

by AAP

Former New Zealand rugby international Dylan Mika has died suddenly at the age of 45.

Flanker Mika played seven Tests for the All Blacks and was a member of their 1999 World Cup squad.

He died at his home in Auckland on Tuesday, leaving a wife and daughter.Mika was part of New Zealand's World Cup squad in 1999. Photo: Getty Images"It is with great sadness that the family of Dylan announce that he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Auckland," his family said in a statement published on the All Blacks website.

"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."