Thursday, November 04, 2010
Rest In Peace Andy Irons
Taken from Transworld Surf:
Andy Irons Passes Away At Age 32
It is with a heavy heart that we spread this news of Andy Irons’ untimely death. Initial reports have him passing away after getting dengue fever in Puerto Rico where outbreaks have been reported. On Sunday, Andy, 32, withdrew from the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico citing an illness. According to reports which have yet to be confirmed, Andy was so sick he was unable to board his flight from Dallas to Kauai, got a hotel room, and was found there dead by an employee leaving behind a pregnant wife, family, and world full of friends and fans.
Wednesday morning update: Our deepest fears may be true as multiple sites are reporting that there were prescription medications found next to Irons and his death is being investigated as a possible adverse reaction to medication. An autopsy will be performed today and a toxicology report will also be done, although it will be weeks until those results are in. Reports coming in say that he missed his wake up call at the Grand Hyatt Dallas/Fort Worth, and was found dead at 9:46 a.m. Whatever the reason for his untimely passing, his life and achievements in surfing will be celebrated by all that he touched. Once again, our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the friends and family of Andy Irons.
Andy will be greatly missed by all.
Andy took the ASP World Tour by storm and won the World Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He will be remembered as the one guy in the world who could regularly beat Kelly Slater and his surfing in waves of consequence will live on forever. Just this year, Andy was one of five surfers we chose to have in the TransWorld SURF surf movie, High Five. His part was last (given to the best performing surfer) and perfectly displayed his legendary backside tube riding skills and man-sized hacks.
Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Andy. Please show respect in your comments as this is a terribly sad day for the family and friends of AI.
His name was the most googled word yesterday.
You can view the Facebook tribute site here: