Foul play ruled out in surfer Andy Iron’s death |

Foul play ruled out in surfer Andy Iron’s death

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

DALLAS – A Texas county medical examiner has ruled out trauma and foul play in the death of Andy Irons, a three-time world surfing champion and the son of a former Aspen resident.

Irons was found dead Tuesday in a hotel room at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport during a layover en route to his home on Kauai. He was returning from Puerto Rico, where he was to compete in the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search. He withdrew citing an illness, reportedly dengue fever, which he contracted in Portugal.

Tarrant County Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani said Wednesday the cause and manner of death are pending due to completion of lab tests, which could take several weeks.

The 32-year-old surfer, born in Oahu, claimed the world championship in 2002, ’03 and ’04, and was a four-time winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. His wife, Lyndie, is expecting the couple’s first child in December.

Irons and his younger brother, former World Tour surfer Bruce Irons, are the sons of Danielle Tache Irons and her husband, Phil Irons, of Kauai. Danielle grew up in Aspen and graduated from Aspen High School in 1974. She is the daughter of Marie and Yvan Tache, former Aspen residents who now reside in Carbondale. Her brother, skiing great Mark Tache, a former Aspen resident, had helped manage the careers of his surfing nephews.

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