His former club, Stade Français, confirmed the tragic news after information began to circulate on social media.
“During the 11 years spent under our colors, Christophe will have, thanks to his incredible talent and his class, greatly contributed to the writing of the history of the club.
“International 67 times, his exploits in the blue jersey will have dazzled thousands of young rugby players and allowed the France team to write some of the most beautiful pages in its history.
“Rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves a great void in our big family.
“Our hearts go out to his family, to his partner Loretta, to his daughters Chiara and Mia.”
Dominici played for his native Toulon club from 1993 to 1997 before moving to Paris to join the Stade, where he became a real big in the history of French rugby. The move helped him break into the international arena, with the wing scoring 25 tries in 67 appearances before his last appearance in 2008.
He was part of the famous victory over the All Blacks at the 1999 Rugby World Cup where he scored a try to help seal a stunning victory, helping France advance to the final where they found themselves terribly short against Australia.
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) paid tribute to Dominici, often nicknamed “Domi” among his teammates, and said it was a shock to the whole match.
The French team’s Twitter account said: “The great French rugby family is in mourning after the tragic death of our winger Christophe Dominici, we are thinking above all of his family and loved ones. “
World Rugby posted their own tribute on their Twitter page, which read: “A legend of France Rugby and an all-time great in the game. Rest in peace, Christophe Dominici.
A number of French rugby clubs have also expressed their condolences. Colomiers Rugby declared: “French rugby is in mourning… The entire club offers its deepest condolences to Christophe’s family and friends.
Castres added: “Saddened by the sudden death of Christophe Dominici, the entire Castres Olympique sends its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. (He) played for Toulon and Stade Français, and he will leave an indelible mark in the history of French rugby.