Release Of Autopsy Blocked After Surfing Champion Dies In Texas

Andy Irons (File photo)

FORT WORTH (December 29, 2010)--A Texas court has blocked the release of an autopsy report on surfing champion Andy Irons at the request of his widow.

Judge Melody Wilkinson approved Lyndie Irons' petition to postpone the release of the report until at least May 20 after the widow argued the report could tarnish her husband's brand, citing the "intense news frenzy" and "innuendo of drug use" surrounding her husband's death.

Irons was found dead in November in his hotel room at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where he was staying on a layover on his way home to Hawaii.

Irons, 32, who won world surfing championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, also was a four-time winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

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