Three-time world-champion surfer Andy Irons has died, according to Surfer magazine. The publication reports he was headed from a world tour stop in Puerto Rico to his home base of Hawaii after falling ill and was possibly grounded in Dallas before passing.
Sponsor Billabong stated Irons was suffering from dengue fever:
Andy was a beloved husband, and a true champion. Irons, 32, withdrew from a professional surfing event in Puerto Rico last weekend due to illness and passed away during a layover en-route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. He had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease.