Andy Irons—considered one of the greatest surfers to ever grace the waves—died in a Texas hotel room in November 2010 when he was just 32 years old.
After his sudden death, autopsy results revealed the surfing legend died from a combination of a heart attack and mixed drug ingestion.
The revelation gave a small glimpse into something Irons had long kept secret from the public: his difficulties with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.
Now, eight years later, those who were closest to Irons—including his wife, Lyndie Irons, and his longtime surfing rival, Kelly Slater—are opening up about the iconic athlete in a new documentary, “Andy Irons: Kissed by God,” which dives not only into Irons’ legacy in the ocean, but into his struggles with mental health.
The documentary opened in theaters nationwide on May 31.
Read the story at People.
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