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Jay Adams

Dies of Heart Attack

8/15/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jay Adams
-- a legendary skater who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in "Lords of Dogtown" -- has died of a heart attack ... TMZ has learned

Sources connected with the skater tell TMZ ... he died late Thursday of an apparent heart attack in Mexico.

We're told Adams was there with his wife and the 2 were on a long surfing holiday.  They had been there for 3 months.

Family sources tell us ... the 53-year-old has been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.

This was the first time in 20 years Adams was allowed to leave the U.S.  He had been in and out of jail since the '80s on various felony drug charges.

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1.

namers    

That's really awful! So sad all these recent deaths.

33 days ago
2.

NY_Babygirl    

R.i.p. That was a good movie.

33 days ago
3.

sav    

"he died of the waves." Punctuation?

33 days ago
4.

nof    

Often - and Harvey can confirm.

We think we're in better shape than we actually are.

Almost kill ourselves with a work-out we could.

Previously handle and with ease.

I'll no doubt die in the gym.

33 days ago
5.

H8Kardash    

RIP Jay LEGEND!!!!

33 days ago
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traylortrash    

I never heard of him. I think that birth Mark above his right eye is really cool tho. I have a small birthmark on my leg, and I've always admired those who have them on their faces because you just know they are strong. Especially growing up, kids can be so cruel to anyone who's different or looks different. Anyway RIP, 53 isn't very old.

33 days ago
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keepinitrealincali    

Sh!t I'm 53! Drugs/alcoholism is very hard on the heart. RIP

33 days ago
8.

nof    

I've seen dudes go into Gold's/Venice and say "8 wheels."

(405 pounds)

Forgetting they haven't trained in six months.

33 days ago
9.

Grim reaper    

Great movie rip jay

33 days ago
10.

Naiad    

I don't know who the heck this dude is but I'll tell ya what. The people we thought were gonna die ain't dying but people we didn't know were gonna die are dropping like flies. Know what I mean Lindsay? ...Courtney? JUSTIN?

33 days ago
11.

There's a problem here    

Wow 53. I guess all those hard living years took their toll. I hope he and his wife had a good reconnect during their time on vacation. 53 ... wow.

33 days ago
12.

Sabrina    

Rip skate man

33 days ago
13.

Ali    

I kind of remember this guy from the Venice area in the early 80's. Sad that he passed so soon. He seemed to be in good shape, but I guess the past drug use took it's toll. At least he had himself sorted and his heart was in the right place.

33 days ago
14.

Lucky_130    

Skate or Die

33 days ago
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marianopadilla    

Wow! I cant belive it, i was with him at Puerto Escondido, Mexico, he was surfing big waves, i paint his surfboard and had some photos with him. He looked as alaways, exaited to go on his board. RIP

33 days ago
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