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Jay Adams: Legendary Skateboarder & Z-Boys Member Dead At 53

Fri, August 15, 2014 4:00pm EDT by Chris Rogers 8 Comments

How sad. The legendary skater, who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in ‘Lords of Dogtown,’ died of a heart attack on Aug. 14, according to a new report.

Jay Adams, who was reportedly vacationing with his wife in Mexico, died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday, Aug. 14, TMZ reports. The legendary skater and original Z-Boys member was 53-years-old.

Jay Adams Dead — Legendary Skateboarder & Z-Boys Member Dies At 53

Jay was reportedly enjoying an extended stay in Mexico — a “long surfing holiday” — when he unexpectedly died.

Jay, a former drug addict, had allegedly been sober for months and had no history of heart problems, TMZ reports. He was loved by many, including a number of celebrities who have been celebrating Jay’s life on Twitter, so this news is definitely hard to swallow.

Fellow skater Stacy Peralta, a founding member of the Z-Boys, confirmed the news of Jay’s death and posted the below photo on Instagram.

“I just received the terribly sad news that Jay Adams passed away last night due to a massive heart attack, send your love,” Stacy captioned the picture.

Jay Adams: One Of The Bad Boys Of Skateboarding

Jay, who was a skateboarding legend, was a bit of a bad boy, on and off the course. He was convicted of felony assault in 1982, following a fight at a concert. For that incident, he spent six months in jail.

Furthermore, he spiraled into drug addiction in the 1980s and 1990. In 2005, Jay was arrested for taking part in a drug deal. He was released in 2008 and appeared to have finally learned his lesson.

A year before his death, Jay reportedly visited schools, where he’d warn kids about the dangers of drugs, HollywoodTake reports.

“Those were the states of youth,” Jay recently said. “The 70s and 80s were a different time. With punk rock there was a lot of violence and being young, drinking alcohol and making bad choices. Now I want to encourage people not to go down the same road I went down.”

Earlier this year, another member of the famed Dogtown Z-Boys passed away. Shogo Kubo died in a June surfing accident — he was 54.

Our thoughts go out to Jay’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Chris Rogers

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