The skateboarding world is mourning the loss of 28-year-old Dylan Rieder, who died of leukemia on Wednesday. Rieder grew up in Westminster, Calif., and began skating at age 9, reports People. He went pro for Alien Workshop at age 18 before nabbing sponsorships with Birdhouse, Osiris, and Quiksilver. "A favorite son in the industry," per Rolling Stone, Rieder later took up modeling, appearing in the pages of Vogue in 2013 and in a DKNY ad campaign in 2014.
"Thank you for making skateboarding so much better while you were here, Dylan," wrote Tony Hawk on Facebook. Transworld Skateboarding, meanwhile, says Rieder's "flawless style, explosive power, and epic video parts influenced an entire generation." In short, he was "one of the best to ever step on a skateboard." Celebs also are weighing in: He was "one of the kindest, most down to down, incredible human beings I have ever encountered," actress and model Cara Delevingne writes on Instagram. And Ozzy Osbourne describes Rieder as "one of the most [talented] and brave men" in a tweet. (See some of his skateboarding skills in this video.)