Jay Adams, who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports, has died at age 53.
Adams’ manager, Susan Ferris, says the Skateboarding Hall of Famer died of a heart attack Thursday on a surf vacation in Mexico.
Dead at 53: Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams died on Thursday after a heart attack in Mexico
The website claims that Adams did not have a history of heart problems.
While he has struggled with drug addiction in the past, family sources told TMZ that Adams was sober at the time of his death.
Adams rocketed to fame in the 1970s as a member of Z-Boys, the legendary group of surfers turned skateboarders who came together in a rundown, beachfront section of Southern California known as Dogtown.
Pioneer: Jay, pictured in the 2001 film Dogtown And Z-Boys, helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports
Untimely death: Jay, pictured in June 2012, had been on a surfing holiday for three months before he died
Although the sport made him a legend, Adams said its early wild years led him to numerous bad choices that resulted in years in prison in the 1980s and ’90s.
He had since turned his life around and had been taking part in skating events in recent years.
In 2005 Adams was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie Lords Of Dogtown.
Telling his story: Emile Hirsch portrayed Jay in the 2005 movie Lords Of Dogtown (pictured)
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