Andy Irons 32 years of age and the three time ASP World surfing Champion, passed away yesterday en-route from Puerto Rico back home to Kauai from complications due to illness.

The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss with the news that Hawaii’s Andy Irons has died during a layover en-route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. He had reportedly been battling with Dengue Fever, a viral disease.

Former world champ Andy Irons takes on Supertubes. Photo: ASP

The Irons family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect their privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss.

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.

The thoughts and sympathies of the Jeffreys Bay surf community go out to the Irons family as the entire sporting world mourns this tragedy.

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