Jay Adams, a legendary skater, has died of a heart attack, prompting a flood of RIP messages from throughout the skateboarding world.
Adams was renowned as an early skater and part of the Z-Boys group. He was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Lords of Dogtown movie.
Sources told TMZ that Adams died late Thursday in Mexico from an apparent heart attack.
Stacy Peralta confirmed the news a short time later, saying via Instagram: “I just received the terribly sad news that Jay Adams passed away last night due to a massive heart attack, send your love.”
Adams and his wife were in Mexico on a long surfing holiday. They had been there for about three months.
The 53-year-old had been sober for months and has no history of heart problems, family sources told TMZ.
“This was the first time in 20 years Adams was allowed to leave the U.S. He had been in and out of jail since the ’80s on various felony drug charges,” it said.
Original Z-Boys skater Jay Adams (R) and guest arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures ‘Lords Of Dogtown’ at the Mann’s Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Original Z-Boys skater Jay Adams (L) and guest arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures ‘Lords Of Dogtown’ at the Mann’s Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
A file photo of Jay Adams. (Facebook)
Users on Twitter and other social media websites were mourning the skater.
“‘You don’t quit skating because you get old… You get old because you quit skating’ RIP Jay Adams. You will be missed,” said one.
“RIP Jay Adams. One of the few people I’ve been completely geeked to meet. #dogtown,” said another.
“RIP JAY ADAMS ! Jboy, vato surfer !! skateboardIng lost a part of its history today ! rip to the dog town legend,” said yet another.