Skateboarding icon Jay Adams dead at 53

Skateboard legend Jay Adams has died of a heart attack at the age of 53. (AFP)

Skateboard legend Jay Adams has died of a heart attack at the age of 53. (AFP)

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Legendary skateboard icon Jay Adams has died of a heart attack. He was 53.

His death was announced Friday by friend Stacy Peralta. The two were founding members of the Z-Boys, a group of skateboarders who in the ‘70s were pioneers of the extreme sport.

Adams was on vacation with his family in Mexico at the time of his death. It was his first trip outside the U.S in 20 years.

Adams was not allowed to leave the country following a series of legal wrangles. According to TMZ, he had been in and out of jail since the ‘80s on various felony drug charges, and he was charged with murder and convicted of assault following a hate crime incident in Los Angeles.

Adams was posting photos of the waves on a Mexican beach on Instagram hours before he died.

He began skating at the age of four and joined the Z-Boys in 1974. He placed third in the Junior Men's Freestyle at the Bahne-Cadillac Del Mar Nationals in 1975.

 


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