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Surfing champion Irons found dead. -

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Three time world surfing champion Andy Irons, 32, has been found dead in a hotel room in Dallas,
Texas, after a successful return to competition from taking a year off for personal reasons.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons has been found dead in a hotel
room in Dallas, Texas.

Initial reports said the 32-year-old had been suffering from a suspected case of Dengue Fever, but
subsequent stories have suggested a drug link.

The Hawaiian took a year off the world surfing tour last year for personal reasons and he had made
a successful return to professional competition just this year.

RODIE CARR, CEO, ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS: We're very, very deeply sad and in mourning
at the moment. We're all grieving and our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family and all his

TONY JONES: Irons is survived by his wife, who's due to give birth to the couple's first child next