The tragic death of Maori All Blacks star Sean Wainui in a car accident last week being treated as a “suspected suicide”, authorities in New Zealand said on Tuesday.
He was 25.
Wainui died in a single-vehicle accident on Monday, 18 October when his vehicle hit a tree.
Wainui, who won the U20 World Cup with New Zealand in 2015, made his Super Rugby debut with the Crusaders in 2016 before moving to the Chiefs in 2018.
Coroner Louella Dunn told the New Zealand’s Stuff website that Sean Wainui’s death “was being treated as a suspected suicide”.
Police were notified at 07:50 on the day that a vehicle had crashed into a tree at McLaren Falls Park near Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island.
The All Blacks performed a haka in Wainui’s memory ahead of their 104-14 win against the United States in Washington last Saturday.
A Givealittle page launched by Sean Wainui’s Super Rugby team, the Chiefs, has raised more than NZ$270 000 (R2.9 million).
All the proceeds will go directly to his wife Paige and their children Kawariki and Arahia.