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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