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Three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons, 32, dies [Updated]

 

Legendary surfer Andy Irons has died at the age of 32.

Pete Thomas Outdoors is reporting that the three-time world champion passed away during a layover en route from Puerto Rico to his home in Hawaii, according to the surfer's main sponsor, Billabong.

[Updated at 4:56 p.m.: The Irons family has released the following statement:

"The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss today with the news that Hawaii's Andy Irons has died. Andy was a beloved husband, and a true champion.

"Irons, 32, withdrew from a professional surfing event in Puerto Rico last weekend due to illness, and passed away during a layover en-route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. He had reportedly been battling with Dengue Fever, a viral disease.

"At this time the family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect its privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss."]

Irons, who was raised on Kauai, became ill during the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, the ninth of 10 events on the 2010 ASP World Tour. He was apparently suffering from symptoms similar to those associated with dengue fever.

Irons is survived by his wife, Lyndie, who is pregnant with their first child, as well as his younger brother, Bruce, who is a former World Tour competitor.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Comments (28)

I can't believe he died of dengue fever! Isn't that preventable? I read this article http://ology.com/celebs-and-gossip/surfer-andy-irons-dies that maybe it was because of a drug overdose on prescription meds. Doctors need to be more diligent and responsible --I say sue them.

Life is short. Make the most of your talents...like Andy did.

This is shocking! My condolences to your family. Dengue is such so deadly I can relate when my young cousin died when he was 9 yo in Philippines.

This is unbelievable. We are in shock here in Australia. RIP mate and love to your family.

Shocking and sad. Way too young. My condolences...

sorry to hear it, I knew of both Irons brothers.

RIP ANDY!
What a champ!

No way!

R.I.P. Andy

Tragic.
I never met Andy Irons however was a massive fan of his surfing !

RIP mate.

My heart breaks for the Irons family. Andy was a fierce competitor, that pushed the limits of professional surfing. He was a surfing ambassador and I was lucky to call him friend. Blessings to his young wife and unborn child.

Thank you Andy for all you did in life, for being yourself and for leading the pack in our sport. You are and will forever be a legend to all who surf and all who have yet to.

Rest in Peace Andy, you were a great surfer and wonderful person

Unbelievable!!!!
I´m from Brasil and I´ve witness Andy´s incredible accomplishes as a surfer throughout the last 15 years!!
Definitely one of the best surfers ever!!!
RIP Andy, My respects!!!

i still cant believe this man !! ANDY IS A LEGEND

This is so crazy.

RIP Andy
You were awesome

my heart goes out to his family and wife this is very sad!!! very sad indeed

Am so saddened to hear the news of Andy's passing- just yesterday spent my 50th bday surfing- loving life- were all brothers and I've lost one

This is unbelievable. I used to live in Maui and these guys seemed so invincible. I can't believe this tragedy. Aloha to his friends and family...

Devastating. I had lots of respect for Andy. Watched him as a kid and called him out to win the world title. He wins 3. Surfing saved him like it saved me - inner demons. I am devasted and was so excited to have him back on tour. Condolences to his wife and family. The world is hurting right now.

That's sooooo crazy!!! I'm a teen surfer and he was one of my idols! RIP

aloha to you Andy. God 's blessings to your family.
Legend Lost Sleep Brother

Why was he traveling with dengue? Shouldn't he have been in the hospital being treated?
RIP, great surfer.

Aloha Andy Irons!!!! rest in peace you were loved by so many and will be missed by many. I never meet you but your surfing spoke to me. I wil not forget you brother!!! untill we meet again. o hui ho and aloha!!!

Very sad news! Surfing has lost a legend. Sending a big ray of light to his wife and family.

Wow! What a tragedy!

 

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