Andy Irons. RIP. Photo: Ellis

Andy Irons. RIP. Photo: Ellis

Sad news has made its way into the Surfer offices this afternoon as we're hearing confirmed reports that 3X World Champion Andy Irons has passed away.

At this time the cause of death is unknown, although sources inside the family say that he passed away en route from the World Tour event in Puerto Rico to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Hawaiian was deemed too ill to travel on his connecting flight from Texas to Hawaii and was grounded there. The reports say that he passed away in his Dallas hotel room.

SURFER extends their sincerest condolences to the Irons family. Andy leaves behind his wife Lyndie and their unborn child.

— Official Billabong Press Release Regarding Andy Irons—

HONOLULU – (November 2, 2010) — The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss today with the news that Hawaii’s Andy Irons has died. 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.

At this time the family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect its privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss.