HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Brock Little, the professional surfer and stuntman from Haleiwa who publicly revealed last month that he was battling cancer, died on Thursday in Hawaii, according to multiple local surf contest officials.
Little, who was the runner-up at the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational back in 1990, was 48 years old. He was, in his own words, surrounded by members of his family in his final hours, sending out an Instagram post on Wednesday that said, "Lucky to be surrounded by love."
In January, Little sent out another picture of himself on the photo-based social network with a caption that confirmed he was fighting the disease.
"I have cancer," the Instagram post said. "It sucks, but I'm taking chemo. You do what you can. Can't believe the person in that picture is me."
In an interview with Surfline.com last month after revealing his fight with the disease, Little said he was doing his best to remain positive despite the challenges of chemotherapy.
"If I live two more days or 20 more years, I'm good," Little said to the Surfline's Jake Howard. "I've had an amazing run."
News of Little's death was also tweeted out by professional surfers Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Kai Lenny.
"Larger than life to me," Slater said in an Instagram post. "The world I know will never be the same. I love you, man. Thank you."