Surfing champ Irons died of heart failure, drugs



HONOLULU (AP) — Former surfing champion Andy Irons had several drugs in his system when he died of a heart attack at age 32 in a Dallas-area hotel room seven months ago.

Irons’ family released the results of the autopsy Thursday, which shows the three-time world champion from Hawaii died from sudden cardiac arrest due to severe blockage of a main artery. The official autopsy report also lists “acute mixed drug ingestion” as a secondary cause, but that is being disputed by the family.

According to the autopsy, Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, methadone, cocaine and a trace amount of methamphetamine were found in his system.

Irons, who died Nov. 2 while on a layover while en route home to Kauai, won world championships in 2002, ’03 and ’04.