ANDY IRONS, a professional surfer who many considered to be the best in the world, has died a mysterious death at the age of 32. Irons was found dead yesterday (November 2nd 2010) in a Dallas hotel room after making his way home from a competition in Puerto Rico, reports Reuters.
The surfer, who won three consecutive world titles from 2002 to 2004, withdrew from the event in Puerto Rico due to illness, but passed away before returning to his home in Hawaii. His official sponsor, Billabong, said on their website, "The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss today with the news that Hawaii's Andy Irons has died. He had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease".
After pulling out the competition, Irons reportedly spent two days in Miami on an intravenous drip, but insisted that should see his own doctor. After failing to make a connecting flight from Dallas to Hawaii, Irons checked into a hotel room, but was found dead by hotel staff the following morning. The Hawaii Star Advertiser report that a medical examiner found methadone in Iron's hotel room, concealed inside a container for a prescription drug called zolpidem.