Skateboarder Jay Adams dead at 53

Aug 15, 2014 at 7:50 p.m. ET
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Famous skateboarder Jay Adams, 53, died on Thursday from what is believed to be a heart attack while vacationing in Mexico.

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Adams was known for his legendary skating abilities and was one of the original members of the Zephyr Skate Team (aka Z-Boys), who shaped modern skateboarding styles. He was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown.

Adams had been spending time out of the country for a few months on a surfing trip with his wife, Tracy, according to TMZ. Adams also leaves behind a daughter, Venice, and a son, Seven.

The trip marked the first time Adams had been allowed to leave the country for some time due to some legal troubles he was having.

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Numerous athletes and celebrities took to social media the remember the skating legend once word of Adams' passing was announced.

Fellow skating icon Tony Hawk paid tribute to Adams on Twitter.

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World tour surfer Coco Ho also paid her respects.

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Skater Mikey Taylor shared his gratitude.

Adams was born in Venice, California, and had a hard life, which he blamed on finding fame at a younger age. He was in and out of prison during the majority of the '70s and '80s, mostly for drug-related charges. Though he had reportedly been clean for years, Adams was still dealing with legal woes.

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He told Westside People magazine in 2013, "The '70s and '80s were a different time. With punk rock, there was a lot of violence and being young, drinking alcohol and making bad choices. Now I want to encourage people not to go down the same road I went down."

Despite his history of drug abuse, Adams had no prior history of heart problems, according to his manager.

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