Three-time world surfing champ Andy Irons has died. The 32-year-old Hawaiian reportedly died as a result of complications from dengue fever. Irons missed his Round 1 and 2 heats at the Rip Curl Search Puerto Rico stop on the ASP Men’s World Tour Saturday due to the illness.
He was flown to Miami from Puerto Rico where he remained on IV drip for two days. Irons then attempted to fly home to see his doctor in Kauai. He missed his connecting flight in Dallas then proceeded to check into a hotel to rest for the night. He was found dead the next morning by hotel staff.
Irons leaves behind his pregnant wife, family and thousands of others who share in his passion of surfing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.