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Jay Adams

Dies of Heart Attack

8/15/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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jay26mc    

If you're gonna die young doing it on a long vacation with your family surfing in Mexico isn't so bad. RIP Jay. Without him and the other Z boys there would be no skateboarding.

70 days ago
17.

Ben IncaHutz    

He had a heart attack after looking in the mirror and realizing he had a tattoo on his face.

70 days ago
18.

ABB    

Ooooh Noooo! jesus! First Robin Williams, then Lauren Bacall and Now Jay Adams! Whyyyy? * Actually I kid about this guy, Adams no idea who he was, and nice eyebrow prison tat gramps, it looked classy on you*

70 days ago
19.

Tim    

a 3 moth holiday!?! must be nice...

70 days ago
20.

john johnson    

they die in threes: lauren bacall, robin williams and now jay adams. r.i.p.

70 days ago
21.

BillyBob Again    

tragic

70 days ago
22.

static    

NFI who he is.

70 days ago
23.

ART C    

Never heard of the dude Nice tattoo above the eye , bet that helped with the job search Who cares

70 days ago
24.

Kkkartrashiankkklan    

Who the jell is this white trash

70 days ago
25.

johnny3    

This really sucks the man lived a real tough life battled personal demons for the majority of it. He was finally able to put his past behind him and travel the world still skateboarding and surfing daily. Of course it happens in threes you had Shogo,Nishi know Jay all the original Dogtown skaters.sad day in the skate world!!

70 days ago
26.

PG    

RIP!

70 days ago
27.

watzitooya    

Yikes!

70 days ago
28.

dmc    

He is a legend. I'm glad he was in a good place when he passed. Shred those stars Jay-Rest in Peace.

70 days ago
29.

Ray    

mama don't let your kids grow up to be cowboys or?

70 days ago
30.

mjstf    

I have not heard of him, and watched the video wanting to see him skate. Surely there is a better video rather than him falling all over the place? Or did I miss something? It would be great to post a video of him at his best...

Many are opting off the planet, not just 'famous' people. Look up, please. Wake up please. Look inside, please....time is short.

70 days ago
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