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Former Blues player dies of cancer

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 13/04/2016

<p>Former Blues rugby player Kurtis Haiu has died of cancer, aged 31.</p> © Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Former Blues rugby player Kurtis Haiu has died of cancer, aged 31.

Former Blues rugby player Kurtis Haiu has died of cancer, aged 31.

Haiu began playing for the Blues in 2006, but took indefinite leave in 2011 after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

The Auckland Marist Rugby Club today confirmed Haiu had passed away.

A post on the club's Facebook said: "It is with great sadness that we inform our Marist Family of the passing on of a Marist son, Kurtis Haiu. No doubt there will be more said about you Kurtis and your devotion to our beloved club but for now, we just bid you farewell. Our condolences go out to the Haiu family for the loss of this humble man."Β 

The club said more details would be posted as they came to hand.

Haiu died in hospice care in Manurewa, according to the NZ Herald.

Tributes have already begun flowing for Haiu on social media.

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