Former Z-Boys skater Jay Adams died after suffering a massive heart attack Thursday. He was 53.

Jay Adams Dies

Adams died while vacationing with his wife in Mexico, his manager and friend Susan Ferris told CNN. “We are completely shocked,” said Ferris, who noted that Adams had not had any previous heart issues and that he had long been completely sober. "This is a great loss to skateboarding," Ferris said, "a true legend died."

Stacy Peralta, the fellow Z-Boys member who directed Dogtown and Z-Boyz took to Twitter to share the sad news of Adams' unexpected passing.

"I just received the terribly sad news that Jay Adams passed away last night due to a massive heart attack, send your love," the post read.

In the 70s, the Z-Boys (Zephyr Competition Team) became nationally known for their daring skate tricks. In the 2005 Lords of Dogtown movie, Adams was played by Emile Hirsch.

Adams is survived by his wife and children.

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