According to TMZ, legendary skater Jay Adams, who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the film Lords Of Dogtown, died of a heart attack on Thursday night. Family sources told TMZ that the 53-year-old had been “sober for months” and had no history of heart problems. He had been on vacation surfing with his family in Mexico.
Adams was an original member of innovating skater group Z-Boys (Zephyr Competition Team) and is considered among the most influential skaters of all time.
The video below shows a young Adams and the Z-Boys pool skating:
And here's a nice tribute to his style:
You can also watch part of a documentary on the Z-Boys:
A more recent photo of Adams:
Fellow skating icon Tony Hawk tweeted:
Goodbye Jay Adams. Thank you for inspiring us to get vertical and to keep pushing the limits of what is possible. pic.twitter.com/ezBW7ZwdtI
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) August 15, 2014