Skate icon Dylan Rieder dies at age 28 of complications from leukemia
Professional skateboarder Dylan Rieder, 28, died of complications of leukemia on Wednesday. Mike Regan of GP Sports Management, a representative for his family, issued a statement celebrating Rieder's life and memory.
"Today, October 12, 2016, surrounded by family and friends, Dylan Joseph Rieder passed away due to complications with leukemia," read the statement. "His passion for life, art, music, fashion and skateboarding has always been contagious. Dylan will be remembered by all as a loving son, brother and friend."
Rieder was being treated by Dr. Stephen J. Forman, a leading expert in the field of hematology and oncology, at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California.
Rieder made an early splash in his contest career, winning the 2001 Damn Am contest in Costa Mesa, California, when he was just 13 years old. He followed it up with wins at the 2004 Damn Am Costa Mesa and 2005 Damn Am Minneapolis events, and turned pro with Alien Workshop in 2007 after releasing an acclaimed part in the 2006 Transworld Skateboarding video "A Time to Shine." Rieder, best known for his parts in films like the 2009 Alien Workshop project "Mind Field," also participated in the X Games Real Street video contest in 2011 and competed in Skateboard Street at X Games in 2012 and 2013. Rieder competed in the Street League Skateboarding series from 2010 to 2013.
Rieder was still very much at the top of his game before he was diagnosed with leukemia: In January 2015, he won "Best Video Part" at the 17th annual Transworld Skateboarding awards for his part in the Supreme video, "Cherry."
Transworld was among the many skateboard media outlets posting tributes to Rieder on Wednesday to social media: "It's hard to believe even typing this -- we lost one of the best to ever step on a skateboard today. Dylan Rieder, whose flawless style, explosive power, and epic video parts influenced an entire generation and beyond, passed away today. Rest in peace, Dylan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family in this unbelievably difficult time."
Rieder had a signature shoe line with HUF, and a signature deck with Fu**ing Awesome, the skateboard company formed by Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen following the dissolution of Alien Workshop in 2013. He was also sponsored by Spitfire Wheels and Thunder Trucks, both part of the Deluxe Distribution family of brands. The DLXSF.com website went dark on Wednesday in his memory, with the message, "Forever in our hearts Dylan."
Rieder had found crossover success as a fashion model in recent years, appearing in a spread in Vogue Magazine and a DKNY ad campaign in spring 2014. He was represented by DNA Model Management.