Tragic Death Of ASP Surfer Andy Irons

The surfing achievements of Andy Irons will always be remembered. His tragic death certainly marks a dark day within the international surfing community.

Andy Irons. Photo: ASP Cestari Covered ImagesThe 32 year-old Hawaiian, Andy Irons passed away today while travelling back from Puerto Rico to his home in Kauai.  The cause of his tragic death of the three-time ASP World Champion was reportedly complications due to illness.

The Irons Family released this official 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 began his career with the elite ASP World Tour in 1998, went on to collect 20 elite tour victories, four Triple Crown of Surfing Titles, three consecutive ASP World Titles and change the sport forever with his unparalleled ability and comprehensive approach to surfing.

Death at such a young age is always a very sad and difficult thing. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Irons family as the entire surfing world mourns this tragic death.

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