Jay Adams Dead: Legendary Skater Suddenly Dies at 53
Jay Adams, the legendary skater who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Lords of Dogtown, has died of a heart attack, TMZ reports. He was 53.
According to TMZ, the pro skateboarder died late Thursday, Aug. 14, in Mexico. Adams was reportedly on a three-month-long surfing vacation with his wife Tracy.
The famous Z-Boys member is being mourned by fellow skateboarding pros like Tony Hawk. "Goodbye Jay Adams. Thank you for inspiring us to get vertical and to keep pushing the limits of what is possible," Hawk wrote. Other celebs like Behati Prinsloo shared: "R.I.P Jay Adams #Zboys #dogtown."
Hirsch, who played Adams in the 2005 flick, added: "We lost a true wild man with the passing of Jayboy. Jay Adams was a legend who will be missed."
According to TMZ, the 53-year-old had been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.
Adams' last Instagram was on Aug. 14; it was a GoPro video of a wave.