It is with a sad and broken heart that I share that our beloved icon of modern day skateboarding passed away yesterday at 53 from a heartattack. He loved skateboarding and surfing purely, often keeping his distance from the structures and business of the professional ranks within each. Perhaps in Jay we found Animal Chin. His spirt and talents have shaped not only the sport of skateboarding but helped define the culture of skateboarding and action sports.
Media outlets are reporting that Jay surfed all the way until the end. Here is the local obit from The LA Times.