Kauai’s favorite son and immensely popular three-time world champ Andy Irons just passed away this morning in a Dallas hotel room, reportedly from Dengue Fever. Andy was 32.
Irons missed his round 1 and round 2 heats at the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico earlier this week due to illness. According to a source close to the family, after leaving Puerto Rico with a serious fever and dehydrated, he was unable to board his plane to Kauai in Dallas, and was found dead in his hotel room this morning.
Andy Irons, who began his professional career in 1998, won three straight world titles from 2002 to 2004 and is the only surfer to win at every location on the elite tour, where he collected 20 victories. He last competed in September in Tahiti. “Andy was one of the greatest surfers of our time,” Billabong International Ltd., said in a tribute on its website. “More than that, he was a much loved son, a devoted husband and a soon-to-be father.” Irons’s pregnant wife, Lyndie, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child next month. He leaves behind a wife, Lyndie, as well as brother Bruce and his parents.
As noted by the ASP, Irons, who began his career with the elite ASP World Tour in 1998, went on to collect 20 elite tour victories, four Triple Crown of Surfing Titles, three consecutive ASP World Titles and change the sport forever with his unparalleled ability and comprehensive approach to surfing.
At this time the family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect its privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss. Irons’s pregnant wife, Lyndie, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child next month. He leaves behind a wife, Lyndie, as well as brother Bruce and his parents. Andy will be missed by millions… May God bless Andy on his journey.