Former world surfing champ Sunny Garcia is in a critical condition in a US Hospital.
The World Surf League confirmed on Tuesday that Garcia was currently in ICU.
It’s understood the 49-year-old was found unconscious at his home in Oregon before being rushed to hospital.
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Exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear.
In a statement, WSL said its “prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time.”
With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital. Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water. Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time. pic.twitter.com/re0F3l9toI
— World Surf League (@wsl) April 30, 2019
Garcia made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 1986, quickly making his mark on the world tour.
Described as one of the most ferocious and competitive surfers on the tour, Garcia was a regular feature for almost two decades.
14 years after his professional debut, Garcia finally claimed the World Title in 2000.
He also has six Triple Crowns to his name.
In 2014, Garcia opened up about his battle with depression in a cry for help on social media.
“Waking up feeling like you’re ready to take on the world, then a couple of hours later, feeling down on life and wondering what’s wrong with you. Well, I know I’m not alone and I’m not sure what’s wrong with me because I have no reason to feel the way I do and it’s been happening for about two years.”
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Doesn’t matter what kind of mental illness you suffer from, we all suffer in silence and deal with it best we can and most people that don’t suffer can’t understand the pain and frustration that we go through:( I have a incredible life surrounded by people that love and care for me, and I get to travel to beautiful places to surf and meet different people from all over the world but I can tell you when I get down that none of that matters. I just feel like nothing or anyone can help me at the particular time so I just keep sharing my feelings hoping that it helps any of you out there that suffers from anything and encourage you to reach out and talk to others like yourself because this life can really be beautiful. If we all just talk and let it out so others see that it’s ok to share and we are not alone in this suffering:) spent the morning curled in my dark closet feeling like I just didn’t want to be here anymore but I know that this shitty feeling will leave and my day will get better and I hope you all know that your days will get better as well. you just need to find what gets you through those moments in life🙏🏽 hope you all have a great day. Also thank you to everyone that has reached out and shared with me on my page I really appreciate all the love and support
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