Skateboarding legend and the host of Vans’ Love Letter To Skateboarding, Jeff Blaine Grosso, has passed away, Skateboarding Transworld reports. He was 51.
Ever since news of his passing broke earlier today, fans and peers including Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Thrasher magazine’s Michael Burnett have taken to social media to mourn the late icon.
Hawk wrote: “Jeff was a true skateboarder at his core, and a great wealth of entertainment, insight and valuable philosophy to a younger generation. I was lucky enough to skate with him over the last four decades and occasionally featured on his Vans ‘Love Letters’ series.”
He continued, “Jeff had a genuine love of skateboarding and a renegade attitude. One of the last times we spoke, we talked about how ridiculous it is that we still get to do this for a living and that anyone even cares what we do or think in terms of skateboarding at our age. I believe Jeff is a big reason that anyone truly cares, and skateboarding was lucky to have him as an ambassador and gatekeeper to its history. He was also a great father, which is obvious in his last social media post. Thank you Jeff, words cannot describe how much we will miss you.”
At the time of writing, the exact details of his passing remain unknown to the public. He is survived by his eight-year-old son, Oliver. Find more tributes below.