Tragic news: Hawaiian surf legend and three time world title winner Andy Irons passed away at the young age of 32 years after contracting Dengue Fever.

Surfer Mag broke the sad news earlier this morning:

Sad news has made its way into the Surfer offices this afternoon as we’re hearing confirmed reports that 3X World Champion Andy Irons has passed away.

At this time the cause of death is unknown, although sources inside the family say that he passed away en route from Puerto Rico to his home in Hawaii. The 32 year-old-hawaiian was deemed too ill to travel on his connecting flight from Texas to Hawaii and was grounded there. Unconfirmed reports say that he passed away in his Dallas hotel room.

Irons’ rivalry with Kelly Slater is something of a legend, as is his contribution to the Hawaiian community which led the governor to deem February 13 ‘Andy Irons day’.

RIP Andy.

Organisers for the Rip Curl Pro have postponed the event due to take place this Wednesday 3 November in Puerto Rico out of respect for Irons. Competition will resume following further consultation with ASP and Surfers.

A few others on the tour aren’t faring very well since arriving in Puerto Rico with South African Travis Logie and Australians Chris Davidson and Owen Wright reportedly suffering from exhaustion, extreme temperature and headaches.