PC: Newsweek

Surf-skateboard prodigy Kalani David, known to many as the Michael Jordan of his sport, was found dead today at 24 years old. According to reports from the team who sponsored David, he was found dead in his home after complaining of headaches and nausea last week. He was transported to the hospital where he later died in his sleep. An autopsy will be performed in order to determine the cause of death.

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Kalani David, a 24-year-old surfing and skateboarding prodigy from Hawaii, has reportedly passed away.

Mr. David reportedly had a seizure while surfing off the coast of Costa Rica, according to the surfing news website The Inertia.

According to the website, Mr. David had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which could cause him to have tachycardia, or a very rapid heartbeat.

According to Newsweek, the illness affects one to three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, the condition doesn’t pose a threat to the majority of patients.

“Sudden death from a heart attack, which tachycardia can trigger, is the largest danger. According to John Hopkins, this happens in less than 0.5 percent of cases, making it extremely rare.

“Kalani was one of the most talented… surfers/skaters on Earth, consistently pushing the limits every time he was on his feet,” wrote surfer Kelly Slater in his Instagram story. Sending condolences to Kalani’s extensive network of friends in every country on earth.

In a post on the social networking website, photographer Patrick Eichstaedt stated: “I met you when you were 6 lil brother and realised you were a rare human being with some of the most raw ability I had ever seen… I’m very happy that our paths have crossed. My condolences to your entire family and all of your friends. It was extremely amazing to see you earlier this year, and I will treasure all of our memories… My son continues to wear your hat, and we will always keep it, buddy! My man, fly high and stay pumped.

“Oh guy. Kudos to Kalani. Only God is aware of His timing. Life is not simple. Always in conflict. Constantly learning devastating information Today in Costa Rica, Kalani went tragically after having a big seizure while surfing, according to a post on Instagram by photographer Peter King on Saturday. “He was having such a nice time and had reconnected with family there. I’ll never forget how much hope you had for the future. God bless your immediate and extended families for being there for you.

According to The Inertia, Mr. David had a prior seizure in 2016 while he was ice skating in Oceanside, California. He underwent surgery early the next year to have extra muscle that had grown around his heart and caused the seizures removed.