Professional skateboarder and model Dylan Rieder has died. He was 28.
“Today, October 12th, 2016, surrounded by family and friends, Dylan Joseph Rieder passed away due to complications with Leukemia,” Rieder’s manager confirmed to Jenkem magazine on Wednesday.
“His passion for life, art, music, fashion and skateboarding has always been contagious. Dylan will be remembered by all as a loving son, brother and friend. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dylan’s memory to Dr. Stephen Forman,” the statement read.
Dr. Stephen Forman was Rieder’s doctor who is also the international expert in the hematology and oncology fields at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in California.
Rieder, a native of Westminster, California, began skateboarding at age 9, and made a name for himself by winning the 2001 Damn Am contest at age 13. During his professional career, he would go to partner with brands such as Alien Workshop, Birdhouse, F—ing Awesome, Huf, Osiris, Rasa Libre and Quicksilver. He hadn’t competed professionally since February 2016.
Along with skateboarding, Rieder also modeled. The late star was featured in Vogue for a spread with Alexander Wang in 2013, and was also in a DKNY ad campaign with Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn in spring 2014.
Born to ride a skateboard? It’s a seemingly silly concept when you think about it, but Dylan Rieder made us believe it. That man was absolutely, positively a gift: power, style, grace—he had it all. That said, he was much more than a skateboarder and that’s what makes this infinitely tragic. Think about what he had already accomplished and imagine how much more he could have done. We are at a loss for words right now, but what we do know is that Dylan made everything around him better. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. Rest in peace, Dylan Rieder. We will all miss you, each day more than the next.
Following the news of Rieder’s death, many from the skateboarding industry expressed their condolences. Tony Hawk took to social media writing, “Thank you for making skateboarding so much better while you were here, Dylan.” And Paul Rodriguez tweeted, “Rest easy Dylan.”