Skateboarding icon and editor-in-chief of Thrasher magazine, Jake Phelps, died Thursday at the age of 56.
It’s unclear how Phelps died, but his Uncle posted on Facebook Thursday night that he went “suddenly” and “easy.”
Phelps was a beloved figure in the skating community, and was also regularly featured on VICE’s “Cannonball Run” style show, “King of the Road.”
Tributes from professional skateboarders have been rolling in since Phelps’ passing, including Paul Rodriguez, who said, ““Skateboarding lost a major piece of culture today … rest easy Phelper.”
Tony Hawk posted about Phelps and his “passion for the deep history of skate tricks.”
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Unreal and tragic news about the passing of Jake Phelps. He was a true skateboarder to the end, a fan of diverse styles and a passion for the deep history of skate tricks. He used to jokingly call this weird fakie footplant impossible trick the “Spaghetti Western” and I will always use that name in his honor. Thank you for everything, Jake. This frame grab is from @thrashermag “Hall Of Meat” and we are laughing about one of my worst slams… a perfect example of quality time with Phelper.
Nyjah Huston also shared his condolences by writing, “We lost a legend today. Jake Phelps was the definition of Thrasher, a true Sender! Last time I talked to Jake a few months ago he FaceTimed me at 2am bombing hills in SF solo just fuckin shredding! That alone says it all. RIP bro”