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Sean Wainui's 'broken' wife's heartfelt message

Paige Wainui joins the tributes after tragic loss of her husband and one of NZ's brightest rugby stars.
The loss of Sean Wainui has hit the rugby community hard.

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The loss of Sean Wainui has hit the rugby community hard.

Sean Wainui's wife Paige has shared a heartbreaking photo and message hours after her husband's death in a car accident.

The 25-year-old Bay of Plenty, Chiefs and Māori All Blacks winger died on Monday.

Police were alerted to the single-vehicle crash around 7.50am at McLaren Falls Park, near Tauranga. The sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene, a police statement said.

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Wainui, 25, represented the Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and the Māori All Blacks.

"I'm broken. I'm right here, baby. Always and forever," Paige Wainui wrote on her Instagram story.

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The words were shared with a striking black and white photo of her holding on to her late husband's arm.

Paige and Sean were married last year and had two young children, son Kawariki and daughter Arahia.

Her words came as tributes flowed for one of the bright stars of New Zealand’s national game.

Wainui’s Chiefs team-mates Brad Weber and Anton Lienert-Brown posted emotional messages from the United States where they are touring with the All Blacks.

“Can't quite put into words how much this one hurts. Always said publicly that Sean deserves everything he gets because he works so hard for it. But he doesn't deserve this. That first day back at Chiefs HQ next season is gonna hurt walking in and not seeing you there brother. RIP,” Weber posted on Twitter.

Lienert-Brown wrote on Instagram: “A warrior on the field and one of the great humans off it. My heart hurts. You’ll be missed massively but never forgotten my brother.”

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Former All Black and Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams posted on Twitter that his thoughts were with Wainui’s family.

“Especially his wife & young child. Although I didn’t play alongside him, I could always feel his mana coming up against him as his opposition.”

The All Blacks wrote on Twitter: “We are heartbroken right now. Sean, you were an inspiration and will never be forgotten. We extend all of our strength and aroha to your friends and whānau. Kia au tō moe.”

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