Legendary Skateboarder Jay Adams Is Dead At 53


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1. Jay Adams, known for pioneering the sport of skateboarding, died Thursday of a heart attack.

Jay Adams, known for pioneering the sport of skateboarding, died Thursday of a heart attack.

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2. Longtime friend and fellow skater Stacy Peralta broke the news via Instagram.

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“I just received the terribly sad news that Jay Adams passed away last night due to a massive heart attack, send your love.” —Stacy Peralta

3. As one of the original Z-Boys, Adams is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.

As one of the original Z-Boys , Adams is considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.

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His pioneering of the sport in 1970s Southern California was depicted in the film Lords of Dogtown as well as the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.

4. Members of the skateboarding community are grateful for the impact he had on the sport.

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“Goodbye Jay Adams. Thank you for inspiring us to get vertical and to keep pushing the limits of what is possible.” —Tony Hawk

W. Philip Ţica @Nerdo_Teeks

It's a sad day for skaters everywhere. A legend and pioneer is gone. #RIPJayAdams

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Donna Fitzer @ThatGirlDonna

To the man, the myth, the legend #RIPJayAdams may you be skating the empty swimming pools in Heaven.

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