Prescription Drugs Found in Dead Surfer's Room

Friends say addiction not plausible
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2010 1:30 PM CDT
Andy Irons competes in the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Feb. 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Covered Images, Steve Robertson)

(Newser) – Speculation is swirling around the death of surfing great Andy Irons after police found a variety of prescription drugs in his Dallas hotel room. Police reports indicate that Irons had generic versions of Ambien and Xanax, and the county medical examiner told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that one of the bottles actually contained methadone. But friends and family say the phenom didn’t have a drug problem.

“The guess is that he probably took a sleeping pull to get a good night’s sleep and get on the plane the next morning,” Randy Rarick told ABC. It will likely be weeks before the medical examiner delivers an official cause of death. Friends still believe it’s most likely he died of illness, possibly a strain of Dengue fever contracted in Portugal.

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