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Methadone Found in

Andy Irons' Hotel Room

11/3/2010 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Surf legend Andy Irons reportedly had "numerous" medications in his Dallas, TX hotel room in the wake of his death -- including methadone.

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According to Hawaii's Star Advertiser newspaper -- the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office claims the methadone was found inside a container of a prescription drug called zolpidem (sleep aid)  ... which was on Andy's nightstand inside the hotel room. 

An investigator with the Tarrant County M.E. tells TMZ they did not release any information about methadone to the Star Advertiser -- but we spoke to the reporter, who tells us someone at the M.E.'s office volunteered the info to him when he called. The reporter did not specify who he spoke to at the M.E.'s office.

As we previously reported, the 32-year-old surfing champ -- considered by many to be one of the best in the world -- was found dead yesterday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dallas.

Irons' family released a statement suggesting he may have been suffering from dengue fever ... though methadone is not typically used to treat that illness.

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136.

FL    

I personally don't know Andy, without a doubt he was one of the greatest surfers in the last decade. Tons of kids look up to him and I think the truth will eventually come out. I would follow a time line from PR till the morning in Dallas. Andy was in Miami for 2 days, before he got to Dallas, what happened in Miami? He was found on Tues morning, that means he got on the plane from Miami on Monday. That would put in him Miami on Sat and Sunday. What day was Sunday? Halloween. Where was he on Halloween? In a hospital? I think there are lots of answers in Miami..

1391 days ago
137.

JO    

RIP Andy FL

1391 days ago
138.

Concerned    

This just goes to show you that your not promised tomorrow. Most important question, if you died tomorrow where would you go?Heaven or Hell? Most people say heaven because their a good person. Lets test it out, how many lies have you told? How many things have you stolen? Jesus said if you look with lust you commit adultery of the heart (Matt 5)well if your like the rest of us your guilty of all those, so under your own admission, thats makes you a liar, thief, adulterer. And that is just 3 of the 10. So if you died tomorrow and God gave you justice Heaven or hell? Still most will say: "I can just ask for forgiveness" try that in a court of law, you cannot bribe the judge? How many criminals were let go because they helped people out all their lives? You would be guilty and this means hell. But the good news is there is one way. 2000 years ago, God sent His only Son to take the punishment in the cross, so basically you broke the Law (10 Commandments) and Jesus paid your fine. But you must do two things: Repent (turn from your sin and humble yourself before God) and Trust in Christ (like you would a parachute)Because Christ will save you from the fall to come (death) After you have repented and placed your full trust in Christ, the bible says you become a new creature, (born again) and you will have new desires, then get a bible and obey what you read! Life is short and 10 out of 10 die. Dont believe God has been good to you? You woke up today didnt you? If you have any questions wonderfulplanquestions@gmail.com

1391 days ago
139.

Brad    

TMZ and Honolulu StarAdvertiser,

When the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's toxicology report comes back and if it is not methadone, you will correct your report on that?

1391 days ago
140.

hawaiian waves    

im 32 lived on Kauai kapaa town for ever!-- there is rampant Oxycontin and methadone abuse on the island==guess what im detoxing from methadone now and im 32----i urge everyone-i got addicted 8 years ago on Kauai--stay away from opiate addiction! opiates are fun if you got a strong mind against addiction! hell Kauai remember dr. spears (hanapepe town) he addicted half the island to oxy for a payment of $250 off you go to pick up 100 15mg oxy's-i am ending my detox and will never return-my girl went to school with the irons brothers on Kauai----don't let opiates kill anymore talent!!!!1

1389 days ago
141.

hawaiian waves    

im 32 lived on Kauai kapaa town for ever!-- there is rampant Oxycontin and methadone abuse on the island==guess what im detoxing from methadone now and im 32----i urge everyone-i got addicted 8 years ago on Kauai--stay away from opiate addiction! opiates are fun if you got a strong mind against addiction! hell Kauai remember dr. spears (hanapepe town) he addicted half the island to oxy for a payment of $250 off you go to pick up 100 15mg oxy's-i am ending my detox and will never return-my girl went to school with the irons brothers on Kauai----don't let opiates kill anymore talent!!!!1

1389 days ago
142.

adam J    

TMZ Is a Pathetic Organization!!! Some Nerd that was obsessed with Celebs started TMZ to get revenge on all of the Popular or Good Looking People that had wronged him in his life... It just goes to show that some people Really don't have their own lives to worry about

1388 days ago
143.

Sharon and Wayne Gibson    

Our thought and prayers go out to Andy's entire family. We will hold him and them in our hearts.

1387 days ago
144.

Mark    

It’s sad and disgusting that the TMZ would stoop to using yellow journalism in reporting that “someone else said” methadone was found in Andy’s prescription bottles even though the police report made no mention of methadone. It’s perfectly clear that a choice was made run a story suggesting methadone use because “methadone” would illicit more clicks on the story than “dengue fever”.

It’s a true measure of a person or institution when they do the right thing which may not lead to the greatest financially profit as opposed to do the wrong thing by disgracing another person with dubious information. The TMZ has taken the low road and has failed miserably in the eyes of its readership.

1383 days ago
145.

Mark    

It’s sad and disgusting that your article about Andy Irons would sink to using yellow journalism in reporting “some unnamed source said” methadone was found in Andy’s prescription bottles even though the police report has made no mention of methadone. It’s perfectly clear that a choice was made to run a story suggesting Andy’s death was due to methadone use because “methadone” would illicit more clicks on your story than “dengue fever”, which is the real cause of Andy’s death.

One news service after the next has retracted their earlier statements regarding methadone being found in Andy’s medications bottles. This whole sideline methadone story seems to have originated from a single news article that was a complete fabrication. Once the first drop of blood hit the water the news story sharks, with a desire to firm up sensationalized aspects of the story, started crafting missing details; adding their own fabricated details to the original fabricated story.

It’s a true measure of a person or institution when they do the right thing, which may not lead to the greatest financial profits (read clicks) as opposed to choosing to do the wrong thing; irresponsibly disgracing another person with dubious, uncorroborated information. Your article has chosen to take the low road and in doing so you’ve failed miserably in the eyes of your readership - not only in your humanity but also in remaining a reliable source of news and information.

The real story here is a tragedy in and of itself and needs no fabrication to make it more heart wrenching. A surfing legend died from a mosquito bite leaving a behind his wife, Lyndie Dupuis, who is pregnant with their first child.

1383 days ago
146.

Adam    

I think it's safe to say that if Andy Irons did have some kind of drug habit (which he probably didn't), that it was pretty minor. He was a surfing champion and surfing is a very demanding sport. To surf, and especially to WIN at the sport, you have to be in very good physical condition. If somehow he was abusing the drugs found in his room, such as methadone, it was no more pronounced or remarkable than someone who likes to go out and have a few drinks on the weekends. He certainly wasn't strung out on the drug. I've had first hand accounts of what extreme abuse entails, and it's really one of the most debilitating drugs out there. Andy Irons wasn't a druggy and I agree that the media is greedy and heartless to publish such presumptuous information.

1383 days ago
147.

Dropd    

**** YOU TMZ!!!!This Man was a great Family Man let alone one of the Best Waterman in the World...Try that being a "Drug Addict"....HE WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!!...

1381 days ago
148.

slbts    

Untreated addiction is one of the saddest things on earth.
http://www.stopoxy.com

1370 days ago
149.

percieve    

Andy Irons was an amazing surfer, I have know idea why he's on this website. Keep your opinions to yourselves on how you think this talented surfing idol has passed away. Everyone who assumes that he was a high class druggy should just get bent. Also assuming is nothing but making an ass out of yourself and everybody else. A lot of people are hurt of his loss, such as his family, friends and fellow competitor, Kelly Slater. Being a professional athelete is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time, practice, and passion. I'm sure somebody will take his spotlight, but nobody on this website. Some of you on here are just haters and are pissed of at your own lives. Full of dullness and jealousy. I know how people work, and a lot of people like to beat around the bush with their own crappy flaws about themselves and take it out on other people. The media is nothing but gossiping, drama queen, dip ****s that need to get a life, and that goes out as well for all you haters.

* Andy, you'll never be forgotten. And, dont worry about how this worlds going, now you can surf in the Heavens.* - Shockn Bra-

1357 days ago
150.

MU    

My friend was doing 6 balloons of heroin a day before going to Las Vegas for rapid detox. They put him to sleep and gave him narcotic blocker injections for 8 hours. When he woke up the addiction was gone and he felt no withdrawal. They even gave him a shot of blocker that would last 30 days. Now he gets one shot every month, and he has been clean for 7 months. He even gained 20 pounds of muscle from going to the gym 6 days a week, since coming home from Las Vegas. The place he went to has a website www.rapiddetoxlasvegas.com.

1343 days ago
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