Various reports that Dylan Rieder is dead have surfaced on Wednesday, with many fans of the professional skateboarder wondering if the news of his death is true. Unfortunately, the skateboarding star has passed away at the young age of 28-years-old. Rieder had been prominent in terms of developing a unique style and set of skills within the skateboarding world. He also was associated with a variety of known sponsors within the industry and worked in modeling.
On Wednesday, The Ride Channel first reported the news of Rieder’s death. The website indicated that at age 28, Rieder had passed away due to complications with his battle with leukemia. It was also noted that in memory of Dylan, his family is asking that instead of flowers, individuals make donations to Dr. Stephen Forman via a specific organization.
The organization the family is asking the donations be made to is the City of Hope which helps create “scientific miracles in the fight against cancer and life-threatening diseases.” The organization uses donated funds for research and innovation in the discovery of therapies and treatments for cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.
As Hollywood Life noted in their report, Rieder started skating as early as age nine. He grew up in the Westminster, California area and worked with a variety of companies as he rose to fame in the skating world. Among the sponsors he was associated with included Osiris, Birdhouse, Rasa Libre, Alien Workshop, and Quicksilver.
Rieder first went pro when he turned age 18. At that time, he was with the Alien Workshop skateboarding brand and took part in a 2006 video called Shine from Transworld Skateboarding. Other films that Rieder was a part of included a debut in Grind in 2003, Thrasher’s Shotgun in 2006, and Mind Field from Alien Workshop in 2009.
He participated in the X Games between 2011 and 2013 but was also prominent in street league skateboarding. In 2013, he finished fourth overall, the highest he placed through his years in the competitions.
Known also for his good looks, Rieder became successful in the modeling world as well. He worked alongside Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn as part of DKNY’s spring 2014 ad and was also featured in the Supreme film titled Cherry.
Many individuals and websites have already started to post their own special tributes to Rieder. Transworld Skateboarding was amongst the websites to pay respect to the late pro skateboarder. A black and white photo of Rieder posted to their Instagram account included a special caption about him.
“Grace, power, style, incomparable influence… One of the best to ever ride a skateboard, one of the kindest people to ever walk this planet. Rest in peace, Dylan.”
Rieder’s own Instagram account has over 150,000 followers on it, showing just how popular he was. His latest image posted on the photo sharing site has over 14,000 likes and over 5,000 comments. Many of the latest comments are individuals paying their respects to the skateboarding star and the marks he left behind.
The Thrasher Magazine website also summed up Dylan’s effect on the world succinctly in their recent message. The skating site notes he had “power, style, grace” and was “much more than a skateboarder.”
Thrasher adds thoughts that likely echo the sentiments of many of Dylan’s family, friends, colleagues, and fans.
“We are at a loss for words right now, but what we do know is that Dylan made everything around him better. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Dylan Rieder. We will all miss you, each day more than the next.”
Dylan is survived by his parents Joe Rieder and Dana Ortiz, as well as a younger sister, Makenna.
[Featured Image by Dylan Rieder Instagram]