Yesterday the official Andy Irons (RIP) autopsy and toxicology report was released. Since his death on the 2nd November 2010, there have been a lot of rumours surrounding the cause of his untimely death. First dengue fever, then a possible prescription drugs overdose…
Andy Irons was a great surfer and will always be missed, at the time of his death his widow Lyndie was 8 months pregnant with Andy’s son to be (Andy Axel Irons).
Due to the media circus surrounding his death, a court injunction was sought in order for Lyndie to give birth in peace.
This week, a 13-page toxicology report has surfaced and two ‘independent’ forensic experts have interpreted the report.
Here’s what they concluded…
‘Heart failure primary cause of death’
Their conclusion is that Andy Irons died a natural death from a sudden cardiac arrest which was caused by a severe blockage of the main artery of the heart.
But how could that happen to a fit 32 year old surfer who could charge 15ft Teahupoo?
Well, the forensics mention a couple of things they feel contributed.
1. There is a history of heart problems in the Irons family. Andy had a grandmother who was 77 when she died of congestive heart failure, and a grand uncle who also died of heart failure…
2. Andy had contracted Typhoid fever 5 years ago, which apparently can damage the heart.
But it really was a drugs overdose…right?
In addition to the initial cause of death there were some other things they found in his blood. Tarrant County Chief Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani, MD, lists a second cause of death as “acute mixed drug ingestion”.
Or to you and me…a drugs overdose.
Drugs found to be present in AI’s body
1. Methadone – Now the report states this is ‘an analgesic drug commonly used in the treatment of chronic pain’ (…cough, cough) Wiki states: An analgesic drug that is used as a substitute to treat morphine and heroin addiction.
2. Cocaine – benzoylecgonine present in the blood is consistent with use of cocaine at about 30 hours prior to death.
3. Xanax/ Alprazolam – A prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders.
4. Methamphetamine aka Crystal Meth – One of the more nasty and notoriously addictive drugs to hit the US in recent years.
I’m not a medical expert, but I would wager if the average person consumed all those drugs they’d probably have a heart attack too…If Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones had died in the 1970s, his toxicology report may have looked pretty much like this.
What can we learn from this?
Andy Irons was a great surfer, a much-loved husband, he was a soon-to-be father and it’s a tragedy that his life was cut short, however when you consider the information in the report it does make you wonder what on earth is going on in professional surfing if someone can compete in the top ranks of world surfing and take loads of class A drugs?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.