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Andy Irons’ death being investigated as possible methadone overdose

According to, three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons of Kauai died Nov. 2 in a hotel room in Texas.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is reportedly investigating his death as a possible methadone overdose. An autopsy is scheduled but exact cause of death could require a toxicology test which could take up to 90 days to complete.
Thirty-two-year-old Irons was found in bed by staff at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He was on his way home from a surf contest in Puerto Rico.
Methadone was found inside a container of prescription zolpidem, according to the medical examiner. Zolpidem is commonly used for insomnia and methadone is used for pain. The medications along with others were found on the nightstand.
His family said that Irons was suffering from dengue fever after he competed briefly in Puerto Rico. Dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical climates. Its symptoms include intense headaches and joint pain.
Irons leaves behind wife Lyndie, who is seven months pregnant with their first child.


Patrick1269 November 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

Please be responsible in your reporting. The pain his family must be going through must be catastrophic. Methadone is a prescribed medication and please take the time and look at what it is prescribed for. He was extremely sick and doing everyting he could to ease the symptoms. He was trying to get home to his family and the sickness forced him to a hotel. Be respectful, this guy was an icon, who had a baby on the way. Professionally he found his love of surfing again. Reporting like this is so disrespectful to him, his memory and to everyone of his friends and family.

Brent U November 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

I agree with Patrick. respect. Surfing may not be a huge spectator sport, but it is the most challenging and dynamic sport to man kind. AI is a 3x world Champion and a icon to the sport. A true champion with a family that loves him. RIP AI. You are a ledgend.

scurvyjoe November 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

What? How is stating the facts disrespectful? The article states that methadone is used for pain. Which…is exactly what you just said.

Granbyman November 3, 2010 at 9:30 am
Contact the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office as they are the ones who are making this claim.

wad74 November 3, 2010 at 9:30 am

thank you for that are absolutely right and i am glad you spoke up.

Eoin November 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

Patrick, it appears you’re going around the web posting the same thing over and over. There are a lot of pain killers that could have been chosen, methadone is not normally one that would spring to mind.
Stop trying to suppress the truth that does not respect anyone.

SurfinNoni November 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

Eoin, I don’t think Patrick is "suppressing the truth" in any way! Perhaps the Methadone was prescribed for Andy in Puerto Rico…..This is definitely a pain killer & Dengue Fever is a most horrible illness. Sometimes called the "bone crusher disease or break-bone fever!" Neither of which sounds pleasant. Show some compassion!!!

anonymous November 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Andy is a huge loss and he will be missed.

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