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Jay Adams: Heart Attack Claims Skateboarding Legend at 53

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 08:07 PM

A heart attack claimed the life Thursday of Jay Adams, a professional skateboarder who helped turn the pastime into a popular sport. He was 53.

Adams' manager, Susan Ferris, says the Skateboarding Hall of Famer died of a heart attack Thursday on a surf vacation in Mexico, The Associated Press reported.

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Adams rocketed to fame in the 1970s as a member of Z-Boys, the legendary group of surfers turned skateboarders who came together in a rundown, beachfront section of Southern California known as Dogtown.

Although the sport made him a legend, Adams said its early wild years led him to numerous bad choices that resulted in years in prison in the 1980s and '90s.

He had since turned his life around and had been taking part in skating events in recent years.

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A heart attack claimed the life Thursday of Jay Adams, a professional skateboarder who helped turn the pastime into a popular sport. He was 53.
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