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According to multiple sources, Sunny Garcia has been hospitalized in Oregon. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Sunny’s family and friends at this difficult time. While details surrounding his condition are still emerging, various sources close to Garcia, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the still-developing story, stated that he is breathing on his own. Sources confirmed that Garcia was rushed to the hospital where he was put on life support.
In 2014, Garcia revealed that he was suffering from depression. “Depression is no joke,” he wrote in a heart-wrenching Instagram post. “Waking up feeling like you’re ready to take on the world, then a couple of hours later, feeling down on life and wondering what’s wrong with you. Well, I know I’m not alone and I’m not sure what’s wrong with me because I have no reason to feel the way I do and it’s been happening for about two years. I would love to hear from any of you who suffer these feelings so I can figure out what I should do.”
Since he revealed his struggle with depression, Sunny has had his ups and downs. “Doesn’t get easier,” he wrote in April 2019. “You just get stronger so as long as you keep fighting to be better. Life can be beautiful and sure we might have those moments when you just want to give up, but you have made it so far, so keep fighting. I’ve been having some bad days but I’m back to training and seriously been feeling a lot better.”
Born Vincent Sennen Garcia, Sunny was the 2000 World Champion, and he has six Triple Crowns under his belt, among numerous other accolades.
Matt Warshaw, surfing’s historian, wrote an introduction that can not be topped.
“Surly Hawaiian power surfer from Waianae, Oahu; 2000 world champion and six-time winner of the Triple Crown; described by surf journalist Derek Hynd as ‘a modern-day Cassius Clay…a slick, black nightmare come to whup some ass.’”
Come on Champion, don’t give up!