Sai o resultado da autópsia de Andy Irons

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  1. Saiu também uma carta da Família Irons:

    June 8th, 2011



    We have received the final autopsy and toxicology report filed in connection with Andy’s death on November 2nd, 2010, from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Forth Worth, TX.

    The family apologizes for the delay in the release of this information. The injunction filed last December was to allow Andy’s widow, Lyndie, who was then eight months pregnant with Andy’s son, Andy Axel Irons, to give birth in peace. Please understand that this decision meant that the family did not learn the cause of Andy’s death until May 20th, and only after a second delay was requested by an attorney in Dallas, without the family’s knowledge or consent, to provide time for the 13-page toxicology report to be interpreted by two independent forensic experts — a process that took several weeks, but also enabled the family to fully come to terms with the unexpected root cause of Andy’s death.

    The autopsy concludes that Andy died a natural death from a sudden cardiac arrest due to a severe blockage of a main artery of the heart. Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a prominent forensic pathologist in San Antonio, TX, who has consulted on many high-profile cases, was asked to review and explain the autopsy results to the family. He states: “This is a very straightforward case. Mr. Irons died of a heart attack due to focal severe coronary atherosclerosis, i.e., ‘hardening of the arteries.’ He had an atherosclerotic plaque producing 70%-80% narrowing of his anterior descending coronary artery. This is very severe narrowing. A plaque of this severity, located in the anterior descending coronary artery, is commonly associated with sudden death.”

    Dr. Di Maio continues: “The only unusual aspect of the case is Mr. Irons’ age, 32 years old. Deaths due to coronary atherosclerosis usually begin to appear in the late 40’s. Individuals such as Mr. Irons have a genetic predisposition to early development of coronary artery disease. In about 25% of the population, the first symptom of severe coronary atherosclerosis is sudden death.” He concludes: “There were no other factors contributing to the death.”

    Andy had a grandmother, 77, and a grand-uncle, 51, both on his father’s side, who died of congestive heart failure. Looking back, Lyndie recalls that Andy complained of chest pains and occasional intense heartburn for the first time last year, and also recalls a holistic health practitioner, whom he sought out in Australia for vitamin therapy, offhandedly mentioning he “had the heart of a 50-year-old.” In addition, Andy contracted Typhoid Fever five years ago, which can result in damage to the heart muscle. But Andy shrugged it all off and led no one to believe he was in ill health.

    The official autopsy report, prepared by Tarrant County Chief Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani, MD, lists a second cause of death as “acute mixed drug ingestion.” On this point, Dr. Peerwani and Dr. Di Maio diverge. In a letter sent to Arch McColl, a Dallas-based attorney acting on behalf of the family, Dr. Di Maio questioned Dr. Peerwani’s decision to list the finding “Acute Mixed Drug Ingestion” under “Cause of Death” because he believes “it was not the cause of death and did not contribute to the death. The Manner of Death is in fact labeled Natural.” Dr. Di Maio goes on to say that the drugs cited, Alprazolam (Xanax) and methadone (an analgesic drug commonly used in the treatment of chronic pain), are in “therapeutic levels” and notes that benzoylecgonine is an “inactive metabolite,” which Gary H. Wimbish Ph.D., DABFT, a forensic toxicologist consulted by the family, has explained is a breakdown product of cocaine. Wimbish states that the benzoylecgonine present in Andy’s blood at 50 ng/ml “is consistent with the use of cocaine at about 30 hours prior to his death.” In addition, Wimbish agrees with Dr. Di Maio that that the amount of Alprazolam present in Andy’s blood “is consistent with a common therapeutic regimen.”

    Dr. Peerwani’s report also cites the presence of a trace amount of methamphetamine. Lyndie insists Andy was not a methamphetamine user, so it is likely the substance was present in the cocaine he ingested. But again, Dr. Di Maio believes that none of these drugs was the cause of, or contributed to, Andy’s death.

    As we are not doctors, we have no choice but to accept that two respected pathologists have come to different conclusions about a secondary contributing cause of death. However, the family would like to address the findings of prescription and non-prescription drugs in Andy’s system. Andy was prescribed Xanax and Zolpidem (Ambien) to treat anxiety and occasional insomnia – a result of a bipolar disorder diagnosed by his family doctor at age 18. This is when Andy first began experiencing episodes of manic highs and depressive lows. The family believes Andy was in some denial about the severity of his chemical imbalance and tended to blame his mood swings on himself and his own weaknesses, choosing to self-medicate with recreational drugs. Members of his family, close friends, and an industry sponsor intervened over the years to help Andy get clean, but the effort to find balance in his life was certainly complicated by his chemical makeup.

    Finally, as has been reported, Andy was suffering from severe flu-like symptoms while in Puerto Rico to compete in the Rip Curl Pro Search leg of the ASP World Tour just days prior to his death. Andy was unable to leave his bed and for the first time in his Pro career, withdrew from a contest. He was put on an intravenous drip for hydration and strongly advised to seek further medical treatment. Against doctor’s advice, Andy left for Kauai, Hawaii, to be with his wife, telling the doctor: “I just wanna go home.”

    Though Andy’s illness is not addressed in the autopsy (which only tested for and ruled out suspected Dengue Fever), Andy’s weakened condition clearly contributed to the tragic circumstances of his death, adding more stress to an already gravely compromised heart.

    Having defied the odds so many times before, Andy may have felt that getting on a plane while dehydrated and wracked with fever, and choosing to meet up with acquaintances during a short layover in Miami, was nothing out of the ordinary. His strong-willed personality was part of what made him such a formidable surfer and champion. Like others who face down extreme danger, Andy seemed to feel bulletproof — as if nothing could take him down. But traveling while sick and suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition, was more than even Andy could overcome.

    We are hoping that people will remember Andy for his very full life, which included his intense passion for surfing and the ocean, his astonishing achievements as a world-class athlete, and his devotion to the family and friends who love him dearly and miss him every day. Receiving the disturbing news about the cause of death brings back the shock and tremendous grief we first felt upon receiving word that Andy had passed.

    We would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support over the last seven months. There was so much positivity in Andy’s professional and personal life, not least of which was how hard he worked to overcome his challenges. For this we remain forever proud of him.

    This continues to be a very difficult time for our family and we appreciate the media’s respect for our privacy. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support and will not have any immediate comment beyond this statement.

    For those who wish to honor Andy’s memory, we ask that they consider making a donation to the Surfrider Foundation, a charity Andy supported, at

    –The Irons Family


  2. gilvan

    Bonito o novo visual da caixa de diálogos. Ficou com uma aparencia bem atual.

    Novamente a lembrança do grande surfista Andy Irons. É triste imaginar ou querer se colocar no lugar do ser humano Andy em seu último momento. Não acredito que ele tenha morrido dormindo; por isso fico sensibilizado ao pensar que ele sofreu a maior dor de todas que é imaginar em poucos segundos que tudo poderia ter sido diferente, em pensar como seus entes queridos receberiam a noticia de sua morte e…. (caramba! essa é de doer) que jamais iria conhecer seu filho. Esses pensamentos vieram antes da morte, vieram sem cronometragens, atemporais e, tenho a Fé que nesse momento, Deus confortou seu coração e aliviou a sua Alma…. ainda…. que sua criança sempre estará com a presença do pai em seu espírito e irá redimi-lo, fazendo tudo de bom e sendo o ser humano completo que seu pai sempre quis ser. Continue eternamente em paz Andy Irons!

  3. sapo

    Cara, ainda teve o lance de ele ter enfrentado tudo isso sozinho. Certamente com um parceiro do lado as coisas seriam diferentes. Mas foi o que foi e Andy nos espera…

  4. sapo

    Tempo atras eu achei este documentario, vale a pena conferir

    a gente sabe que muita coisa poderia ser diferente

  5. gilvan

    Aí Sapo… pra mim, a droga é um dos alimentos da alma, mas…. de uma alma faminta, glutona, atormentada pela fome espiritual. Isso foi oque eu percebi nesses anos de vida.

    Muito bom esse documentario e tirando o “sociólogo” fernando henrrique todos os entrevistado trazem visões muito interessantes sobre o tema. Os entrevistados e as entrevistas chegam a ser pertubadoras. Valeu cara! vê se consegue me indicar onde baixar esse documentário. Apesar de já ter começado a ver aqui no blog, não vai dar pra assistir ele todo agora mas pretendo ver todo vídeo com calma pois, o tema aqui é tratado sem aquela visão babaca da maioria dos ditos estudiosos. Merece ser guardado em um DVD.

  6. gilvan

    Rapaz!!…. logo tá chegando o quicksilver pro11 portuga! tô na maior expectativa pelos brazis…. não vamos perder essa de jeito nenhum ou… vc vai..? rs. Imagine se der aquele mar em Ericeiras… vai ser demaiss!!! além da possibilidade de pintar aquele “Pipe” europeu, ainda tem a importantíssima necessidade de resultados de uma grande parte dos atletas. Vai ser um “pega-pra-capá!”.

  7. sapo

    é como aquele ditado que diz: a diferença entre o remedio e o veneno é a dose!

    Estou na espectativa deste proximo prime, com certeza! Na torcida pro Medina marcar mais um gol de placa. E o panda, heitor, miguel pupo e outros da zona do facao consigam trocar resultados e subir no ranking. Brasilzao fazendo bonito no novo tour e os gringos encomodados!!

    Cara, uma opçao é usar o tube catcher, que é de facil instalaçao e uso. Qualidade nao vai ser das melhores, mas o proprio tube catcher tem um conversor de video e da pra trocar de flv pra wmv ou mpeg, avi, etc

    ai vai o link

    outra opçao sao as torrents, conhece torrent?

    Bom, com certeza o bixo vai pegar! Alias, cada evento 6 estrelas e prime daqui pra frente vai ser cada vez mais ”treta”!

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