The surfing community is reeling after three time world champion surfer Andy Irons was found dead in a Dallas hotel room yesterday morning.
Andy was on a layover while heading back home after he missed his first two heats at the Rip Curl Pro surfing contest in Puerto Rico. It has been reported that he had been battling Dengue Fever.
The disease may have been contracted when he was in Portugal at an earlier date. An autopsy has been planned to confirm the cause of death, however, the coroner has ruled out foul play.
Methadone and a sedative zolpidem were found in the hotel room. Research shows that due to the painful nature of the disease, which is also referred to as break-bone fever or bonecrusher disease, that methadone is prescribed for pain management.
At least five other surfers have contracted Dengue, including the girlfriend of nine time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.
Andy is survived by his wife, Lyndie Dupuis and their unborn child, which is due in December. He also has a younger brother named Bruce and his father, Phil.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Andy. The surfing world will miss you.
Update 11/3/10 5:56 ET: Apparently there was no methadone found in the hotel room, a generic version of xanax as well as the aforementioned sedative.
Update 11/8/10 Funeral for Andy will be held sometime this week in Hawaii. Details are limited as the family has not confirmed any funeral arrangements. Several memorials have been erected along the north shore for Andy