Andy Irons Passes Away at 32

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With his first child due next month, surfing legend Andy Irons was found dead in a Dallas hotel room yesterday morning. He was 32.

The three-time world champion was scheduled to return home to Hawaii, but reportedly felt sick and booked the room in Texas for a night. An employee found him in bed around 10 a.m. local time.

While an official cause of death has not been determined, the surfer's family released a statement saying, "[Andy] had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease."

According to the police reports, cops found bottles of alprazolam (the generic version of Xanax)  and zolpidem (the generic version of Ambien) on tables near the bed.

Rumors of drug use have often surrounded the athlete, but surfing writer Nick Carroll says he doubted any foreign substances played a role in his death.

"Andy, at times during his life, was an energetic party boy, but he really seemed to have shrugged that off in the last year or two," Carroll said. "His wife was pregnant with their first child and she's about a month from delivery."

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OK EVERYONE! I am a family member of Andy's and have the true story for all you and even the jackass that has no remorse. Andy was taking Methadone for a former addiction to Opiates. He had kicked this at least a year prior and gained his life, family and career back. He did contract a nasty illness and could not eat, drink or even barely walk. I blame his sponsors for not escorting a person in his state back to his home. It does not make sense to not send a person that sick home alone. It was not an overdose FYI. He did have dingy fever, but the rumors are true he did have an issue, BUT that was in the past. Rest in peace bro! We all love you with all our hearts. Mahalo brother!! See you soon bro.

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RIP ANDY, Puerto Rico would have loved to see U in action, i know U where watching us as we held a service for U this morning in the waters of P. R. UR in heaven now and i know ull be surfing the waves there from now on, blessed be ur family, VALLA CON DIOS AMIGO!!!

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WE CAN ALL EASILY LET THE COMMENTS GO. RJB IS STUCK WITH HIMSELF AND WHERE EVER HE GOES HE IS THERE AND CANNOT ESCAPE WHO HE IS TO HIMSELF. THERE IS A LOT OF ENERGY IN THIS UNIVERSE AND WE CAN USE THESE ENERGYS IN BETTER WAYS. A REPLY TO THIS INDIVIDUAL IS A WASTE OF TIME. I DONT THINK HE WILL GET IT ANYWAY. R.I.P. ANDY. ENJOY YOURSELF NOW. I WILL SURF WITH YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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Please be responsible in your reporting. The pain his family must be going through must be catastrophic. Methadone is a prescribed medication and please take the time and look at what it is prescribed for. He was extremely sick and doing everyting he could to ease the symptoms. He was trying to get home to his family and the sickness forced him to a hotel. Be respectful, this guy was an icon, who had a baby on the way. Professionally he found his love of surfing again. Reporting like this is so disrespectful to him, his memory and to everyone of his friends and family.

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@randyjacksonsbutt: Have you ever lost anyone you loved? Would you like them to speak ill of them after they passed?? It really hurts and until you know that pain, please do not make it worse. Have some sympathy and compassion and put yourself in their place.

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@randyjacksonsbutt here's hoping that no one that you love is an addict. though chances are low...

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I feel very bad for his wife and kid that he left behind. I am a widow also and know all too well what the family is going through. It breaks my heart...

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RIP Andy. Very sad day for the surfing community. You will be missed greatly. P.S. randyjacksonbutt - Totally uncalled for! You are truly an asshole! I feel sorry for you bro..

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RIP Andy. Very sad day for the surfing community. You will be missed greatly. P.S. randyjacksonbutt - Totally uncalled for! You are truly an asshole! Shutup!

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This is a very sad story but dont put your head in the sand. I have had many friends die from drug abuse you dont use methadone unless you have a drug problem and if you are sick with a viral fever that drug can only make it worse. so many people think they are immune to the worst efects of drug use. so many people dont get it drug use can kill you not worth the high.