"His passion for life, art, music, fashion and skateboarding has always been contagious," his manager said in a statement

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated October 13, 2016 11:32 AM

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 withAlexander Wang in 2013, and was also in a DKNY ad campaign with Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn in spring 2014.

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.”