Ugh! Such a shame, but may his soul rest in peace!
Eric Swenson, an icon in skateboarding culture who is credited as "one of the critical architects" of reinvigorating the sport after opening Independent Trucks manufacturing company in San Francisco and co-founding Thrasher magazine, passed away on Monday
The 64-year-old shot himself in front of the Mission police station, but no details have emerged as to why he would take his own life.
The company he opened with friend Fausto Vitello manufactured a high-quality truck (the metal connector between the skateboard and its wheels) that allowed boarders to execute the incredible tricks we see performed on rails and curbs today.
On top of his technological advancements in the sport, his magazine helped raise awareness about an entirely new generation of skateboarders and pushed the sport back into the public eye.
So sad, but no one can say he didn't leave his mark on the world. Fellow skateboarding magazine publisher Michael Brooke said:
"Eric Swenson is really one of those guys who drives things forward. The funny thing about skateboarding is that a lot of times, there are a lot more followers than there are visionaries. Eric, along with Fausto, were visionaries."
His loss seems to be felt by the entire skateboarding community and our hearts go out to his friends and family affected by his untimely passing.
[Image via AP Images.]