Andy Irons, a Hawaiian surfer, was found dead according to TMZ. Andy Irons was a legendary surfer. He had won three world titles in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Andy Irons’ body was found this morning by a hotel employee. Andy Irons had been reportedly suffering from Dengue Fever. The drug Methadone was also found in his hotel room.
Andy Irons, beyond his three world surfing titles, was also highly decorated from many other surfing competitions. Billabong, a popular clothing company, produced a line of board shorts named after Irons. In Hawaii, February 13th is ‘Andy Irons Day.’
According to WebMD, Dengue Fever is a virus caused by mosquitoes. Dengue Fever causes a high fever, muscle aches, pain, and extreme exhaustion that can last for long periods of time. The illness can also lead to death. Andy Irons had missed a recent surfing competition due to his illness.
Methadone is a prescribed drug used to treat pain. Methadone is used when non-narcotic pain relievers do not relieve pain symptoms in a patient. The side effects from Methadone are numerous including irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, confusion, and slowed breathing. The Methadone was reportedly found in bottle with a sleeping aid label in Andy Irons’ hotel room.
The cause of Andy Irons’ death is unknown at this time. Both Dengue Fever and Methadone can cause death. According to FanHouse, Andy Irons’ death is being investigated as a possible overdose.
Andy Irons’ family has released a statement. “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. Aloha.”
According to Wikipedia, Andy Irons’ wife is currently pregnant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this awful time.
The surfing world has lost a legend with the death of Andy Irons.
*TMZ has gained a copy of the police investigation, and the drug methadone was not mentioned. The drugs that were found in Andy Irons’ hotel room were Ambien, a sleep aid, and Xanax, a medication to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
WebMD Dengue Fever
Wikipedia Andy Irons
FanHouse Andy Irons’ Death Being Investigated as Possible Overdose