Efeso Collins’ family have thanked the public for their love and prayers in the wake of the Green MP’s sudden death earlier this week.

Collins, 49, died after collapsing at a charity event in Auckland on Wednesday morning.

He was there to raise money for safe, clean drinking water for children in the Pacific.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear husband, son, brother, uncle and loving father, Fa’anānā Efeso Collins on 21st February 2024,” his family said in a statement posted online last night by Tipene Funerals.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for all the messages of love, support and comfort received since Fa’anānā was called to rest.

“Thank you for your prayers and wrapping us firmly in your love as we navigate through this difficult time.”

The statement included a quote from the book of Psalms in the Bible, written in English and Samoan.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

“E fa’asaga a’e o’u mata i mauga, e o’o mai ai lo’u fesoasoani. O lo’u fesoasoani mai i LE ALII lea, o lē na faia le lagi ‘atoa ma le lalolagi.”

The family asked for privacy and patience as they come to terms with their loss and prepare for the funeral.

“Details of where Fa’anānā will lie in state and funeral service, will be confirmed shortly.”

A Givealittle page has been set up to raise money for his two daughters.