Jake Phelps, editor-in-chief of skateboarding bible Thrasher magazine, has passed away aged 56. A skateboarding icon, Phelps was in charge of the magazine for more than 20 years.

His death was confirmed by Thrasher publisher Tony Vitello on the magazine's website and Instagram. “Jake Phelps was 100 percent skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world,” Vitello wrote.

No cause of death has been confirmed, but his uncle, Clark Phelps, wrote in a Facebook post that Phelps had “died suddenly and easy today.”

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