Andy Irons: Surfing Champion Found Dead
Andy Irons was a three-time world surfing champion, and he was found dead yesterday morning in a Dallas hotel room.
According to Nine MSN, Irons had withdrawn from the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico because he said he was suffering from an illness he had contracted in Portugal.
He was on his way home to Kauai when he stopped in Dallas during a layover, and he was found dead on Tuesday morning.
There is no word as to whether this illness was the cause of death, but Irons was thought to have a severe case of dengue fever.
The most heartbreaking part of this story is that Andy's wife Lyndie is expecting the couple's first child next month.
His family released this statement:
"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 lay over en route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii.
At this time the family sincerely thanks his friends and fans for their support and asks that the community respect their privacy. The family also asks not to be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss."
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