A tribute to ANDY IRONS, the professional surfer who was found dead on 2nd November 2010, saw thousands of fans paddle in Hawaii's Hanalei Bay on Sunday (14th November) as a mark of respect to the 32-year-old, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
Friends and supporters of the former world champion 'paddled out' into the Hanalei Bay waves and encircled a canoe that carried Irons' wife Lyndie, his parents, and his closest friends. Back on the shore, the athlete's ashes were spread into the sea. Fellow pro surfer Mark Occhilupo spoke about Irons at the memorial, saying, "Andy was like no other. One of his favourite sayings was, 'spread the love' and he spread it further than anyone I ever met".
Shortly before his death, Irons had left a surfing contest in Puerto Ruco after complaining of feeling ill. On his way back home to Hawaii, the 32-year-old had stopped off at a hotel in Dallas to rest, however, he was found dead in his room the following morning. According to police reports, the prescription drugs Alprazolam and Zolpidem were found at the scene, but investigators are still awaiting toxicology reports.