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Irons' family breaks silence on drug problems

Andy Irons Andy Irons
Gary Kewley Gary Kewley

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly seven months after the death of Andy Irons, it's still unclear what killed the three-time world surfing champion. His relatives issued a statement that said they did not ask for a recent delay of an autopsy report. His family also publicly acknowledged his problems with drugs. Irons, 32, was found dead in a Dallas hotel room in November. His widow, Lyndie, asked a Texas court to delay the release of a final autopsy report for at least six months.

"He inspired me. He inspired all of Hawaii and the entire planet," said Gary Kewley of Surf News Network. "To delay the autopsy was protecting his brand, protecting the family, protecting the young and impressionable."

His relatives said a Dallas attorney made the decision to request another delay without their authorization. According to them, the lawyer's intention was to have enough time for the 10-page toxicology report to be translated into simpler terms to prevent any misunderstandings.

The family issued a statement that said, "...we have been anticipating the results for six months and were prepared to greet the release of this information with honesty and forthrightness." Irons was on his way home after withdrawing from a surf contest in Puerto Rico due to an illness, possibly dengue fever. Prescriptions drugs were reportedly found in his hotel room.

The statement also said, "We know that Andy's life and death were tainted by drugs and are ready to accept the Medical Examiner's findings. The family has been prepared to finally learn the cause of Andy's death and is saddened and angered to wait longer, as it was not by our choice or design."

"His competitive spirit, his fire, he just wasn't afraid of anything," said Kewley. "And yet, here was this other side to him."

Irons' autopsy report is now set to be released to the public on June 20.

"Let's remember his legacy. Let that shine on and not let it be overshadowed or tainted by his humanness," said Kewley.

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OFFICIAL IRONS FAMILY STATEMENT REGARDING DELAY OF ANDY IRONS AUTOPSY AND TOXICOLOGY REPORT

Contrary to what was stated in a May 19th email sent out by Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Ashley Fourt to members of the media, the Irons family did not request the extension of a motion to block the release of the autopsy results for Andy Irons due to be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner today.

A lawyer in Dallas, operating without authorization from the family, made a unilateral decision to request a delay on behalf of the family as a way to provide sufficient time for the 10-page toxicology report to be translated into laymen's terms and prevent the risk of its being misconstrued or misunderstood. Additionally, his intentions were to provide the family a moment to accept the final cause of Andy's death.

Unfortunately, this delay has now caused a firestorm of media speculation about the intentions of Andy's family. We would like the media and public to know that we have been anticipating the results for six months and were prepared to greet the release of this information with honesty and forthrightness.

We would also like to address two quotes attributed to Andy's wife Lyndie that were recycled from six months ago and reprinted in a story today on OutsideOnline as if they were current. Firstly, Mrs. Irons has long regretted her previous remark about the truth "tarnishing Andy's brand," which she attributes to her confusion and grief at the time of learning of her husband's passing. Secondly, Mrs. Irons' quote that she believes the autopsy results will "contradict the rumors [of] a drug overdose" does not reflect Lyndie Irons' or the family's beliefs today. We know that Andy's life and death were tainted by drugs and are ready to accept the Medical Examiner's findings.

The family has been prepared to finally learn the cause of Andy's death and is saddened and angered to wait longer, as it was not by our choice or design. We would also like the media and public to know that Andy's sponsors, including Billabong, have played no part in this extension and are not trying to protect Andy's image or earnings in any way, and we hope that these inaccurate claims will cease.

The family is still anxiously awaiting the results of the autopsy and toxicology report and will comment further, and with all due honesty, once it is provided to us.

--The Irons Family

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