Jay Adams — a legendary skater who was portrayed by Emil Hirsch in “Lords of Dogtown” — is dead of a heart attack.
Sources connected with the skater tell TMZ … he died late Thursday of an apparent heart attack in Mexico.
We’re told Adams was there with his wife and the 2 were on a long surfing holiday. They had been there for 3 months.
Family sources tell us … the 53-year-old has been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.
This was the first time in 20 years Adams was allowed to leave the U.S. He had been in and out of jail since the 80s on various felony drug charges.
Adams was Instagraming photos hours before he died of the waves.
“Jay Adams’ contribution to skateboarding defies description or category. Jay is probably not the greatest skater of all time, but I can say without fear of being wrong that he is clearly the archetype of modern-day skateboarding. Archetype defined means an original pattern or model, a prototype. Prototype defined means the first thing or being of its kind. He’s the real thing, an original seed, the original virus that infected all of us.
He was beyond comparison. To this day I haven’t witnessed any skater more vital, more dynamic, more fun to watch, more unpredictable, and more spontaneous in his approach than Jay. There are not enough superlatives to describe him. . Watching him skate was something new every second; he was “skate and destroy” personified.