Ex-World Champion Surfer Dies in Texas

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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A file photo taken on October 12, 2006 shows three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons of Hawaii riding a wave during the quarter finals of the ASP men's tour Billabong pro 2006 world surf championship in Bakio, northern Spain. Irons' father, Phil Irons, said on November 2, 2010 his son had died at the age of 32. The cause of death was not immediately known, but he withdrew from a surfing competition in Puerto Rico last weekend because of illness. Irons was found dead in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas, where he was on a layover en route to his home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

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The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has ruled out trauma and foul play in the death of surfing champion Andy Irons.

Irons was found dead Tuesday morning in a hotel room at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport during a layover en route to his home on Kauai.

He was returning from Puerto Rico, where he was to compete in the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search. He withdrew citing an illness he contracted in Portugal.

Dr. Nizam Peerwani on Wednesday said the cause and manner of death are pending due to completion of lab tests, which could take several weeks.

The 32-year-old surfer claimed the world championship in 2002, '03 and '04, and was a four-time winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. His wife, Lyndie, is expecting the couple's first child in December.
 

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