According to staradvertiser.com, three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons of Kauai died Nov. 2 in a hotel room in Texas.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is reportedly investigating his death as a possible methadone overdose. An autopsy is scheduled but exact cause of death could require a toxicology test which could take up to 90 days to complete.
Thirty-two-year-old Irons was found in bed by staff at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He was on his way home from a surf contest in Puerto Rico.
Methadone was found inside a container of prescription zolpidem, according to the medical examiner. Zolpidem is commonly used for insomnia and methadone is used for pain. The medications along with others were found on the nightstand.
His family said that Irons was suffering from dengue fever after he competed briefly in Puerto Rico. Dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical climates. Its symptoms include intense headaches and joint pain.
Irons leaves behind wife Lyndie, who is seven months pregnant with their first child.