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Surfing Legend Andy Irons

Dead at 32

11/2/2010 7:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Three-time surfing world champion Andy Irons died this morning at a hotel in Dallas ... TMZ has learned.

Andy Irons death:
The 32-year-old was found by a hotel employee around 10:00 this morning. 

According to reports, Irons had planned to travel back to his home in Hawaii -- but fell ill and that's why he booked his room in Dallas. 

The local medical examiner tells us an official cause of death has not been determined.

The Irons family has released a statement saying, "[Andy] had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease."

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never thought of all people you guys would be the first to come up when i panicked when i heard the news and google came up with tmz. but thank you for doing this for andy. he was and will always be an icon

1418 days ago


my condolences. love to his pregnant wife, andy will always be in our thoughts.

1418 days ago


So sad to hear about this he was a phenomenal surfer and a good person. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

1418 days ago


We are all very sorry. He probably had unproper treatment though.
Many people in the tropics have dengue fever more than once in their lives. Death caused by dengue is not usual when it is the first time the person got it, UNLESS the patient is treated with unproper medicines, such as aspirine (aspirine is lethal for a dengue patient, for example), OR he is in a very fragile physical condition (which we believe was not the case for such astonishing sportsman).
It is really too bad that Andy didn't have access to an expert in Tropical Diseases physician.

1418 days ago

Robert Lombard    

Andy is now surfing with the angels. May his family and friends mourn his lost in peace and serenity.

TO THE FEW HATERS ON HERE... Plan a trip to the North Shore. Rent a surfboard or a sponge. Be a kook and immediately drop in on one of the locals so you can have a face-to-face consultation with the "Wolf Pak"

1418 days ago


this weeks Rip Curl Pro is gona be a rough one for everyone
RIP Andy.

1418 days ago


I'm in complete shock. One of my lifelong dreams was to someday meet Andy and Bruce. One of the mags recently printed a picture of Andy in a bar and he wasn't looking sober.

It's impossible to get the 411 on people in the 808 when you don't live there. Based on what little I do know as a fan... In the surfing community Andy was not well-liked. He had anger issues and was very competitive. A lot of surfers didn't like him simply out of jealousy that he got to grow up in Hawaii. Guys were also jealous over Andy's lovely wife, Lyndie, whom he married a few years ago.

He went into rehab early last year (?) and never specifically commented on what it was for. Surfline did an odd interview with him where he tried to talk about it but didn't. A slew of negative article comments had to be removed from the website. It was clear though that he had become depressed and lost his passion for the sport.

He seemed to be doing okay when he began recently began competing again. But that eerie photograph in the magazine had me worrying and now the news of his passing. A fever? Plenty of surfers travel to remote locations all over the world every year... I seriously pray that's all it was. I'm absolutely devastated by this and in shock so forgive me if there's been anything offensive in this post.

My condolences to Andy's parents, Lyndie, Bruce, Sunny, Kai, Parko, and everyone else who knew and loved him. My heart goes out to you all.

1418 days ago


Does he have a place at FindAGrave.com yet? It's a beautiful memorial site for everyone and rude comments are not tolerated there.

1418 days ago


Heartbreaking. And his wife is 7 months pregnant. His son will never know his father. How tragic. I dont understand how some of you can joke about such an unfortunate situation.

1418 days ago


RIP Thoughts go out to his family and friends but I have to say when you are that ill you go to the hospital not a hotel room, another avoidable tragedy.

1418 days ago


all this bs/if u want to see who andy was read the interview a few monthes Back in SURFER MAG/now that the facts are out i put him right with one of my favoriye heros EDDIE GUEURRERO/they were both the best at what they did/but u gotta shot a monkey in the head to get it off ur back/he will be so missed/i wondr if he ever had the honor of surfing the lighthouse/honoring us nby his ability and talent/i will never forget his perfect 10 at pipe when he was going right/yes right/came out of a perfect barrel ,cut back upside down off the wave and got tubed again going back right/fuggin amazing .rip brau

1418 days ago

el dedo    

"I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have the biggest Dengue problem in the world, all summer..."
Posted at 5:13 PM on Nov 2, 2010 by Daniel

Agreed Daniel. Brazilians need to quit exposing the other surfers on tour and everyone else to dengue. Reflects their irresponsibility in and out of the water.

1418 days ago


kathie - you sick, sad person. go find help - quickly - before your poisoned mind kills you.

1418 days ago

tom mccormack    

why was he alone and sick,sometimes you need to take yourself to the E.R.very sad and painful,all my heart goes too his family,and friends,and fans.

1418 days ago


wata ya say , that sucks ,andy ,for real, my condolenses to the irons family.see ya in bro .lendawg san clemente

1418 days ago
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