LOOKING BACK AT THE TRAGIC DEATH OF PRO-SURFER ANDY IRONS
- February 24, 2019
Together, brothers Andy Irons and his younger brother Bruce took the world of competitive surfing by storm. Although he lost to his sibling at the start of his career, though, Andy’s ascent into the role of All-Star began after consecutive wins for the World Championship Tour. During his incredible career, Irons won 3 world titles in a row (2002-2004), three Quicksilver Pro France titles in a row (2003-2005) and was the four-time winner of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. In 2010, Irons also dominated and won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. That very same year, though, the world of sports was shaken when the professional surfer died from drug-related complications. Today, his brother Bruce remembers him for his accomplishments but also sheds light on the tragedy surrounding his brother’s death. Let’s take a closer look and see what Bruce Irons has to say.
From the start of their careers, Bruce and Andy shared a tense relationship, which only escalated as their competitive sides began to erupt, and Bruce explains how this eruption spawned a darkness that consumed his brother. In 1999, Andy technically died for the first time after snorting morphine and drinking dangerous quantities of alcohol on his 21st birthday in Indonesia. After his skin turned blue, Andy suffered a collapsed lung and, for about 8 minutes, flatlined. Bruce explains how Andy then went on to win a world title, right after dying.
A Dying Spouse
According to Andy’s wife Lyndie, the reality of her husband’s struggles with addiction was tragic. At one point, as she explains in an interview, Andy would sit in their condo for two months and would not even acknowledge her presence. Although Lyndie would scream at her husband and beg to help him (just to get a rise out of Andy), he acted distant and cold.
While talking to his brother about his death in Indonesia, Andy revealed a disturbing reality for many addicts. According to Irons, while he was floating above his body (in a near-death experience) he loved the way he felt. In essence, he did not want to continue living.
At some point, everyone around him was preparing for his death each day.
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