Legendary slider Keith Hoffnagel – one of the most influential skiers ever – died earlier this week at the age of 46.
Hoffnagel has been battling brain cancer for the past two and a half years … and has fought to beat his original diagnosis.
Hufnagel – born in New York City in 1974 – had a huge impact on the East Coast skiing scene in the 1990s … and beyond.
In addition to being a badass on the board, Hoffnagel was also the founder of the hugely important and popular ski shop, HUF Worldwide.
“Keith loves skateboarding and the surrounding culture,” the brand said Thursday. “He did things his way and he did it for the right reasons. He has inspired so many of us around the world.”
“But before anything else, Keith loved and supported the people around him. He would do anything for his friends, family and children. He passionately wanted to see others succeed. And we all loved him for it.”
Skateboarding legend is recognized as a symbol of streetwear and sports.
USA Skateboarding released a statement regarding KH’s death, saying … “We were shocked to hear that Keith Hufnagel is gone. His influence on skateboarding, whether on his board or off her as a designer, brand owner / founder and friend will live forever. Rest in peace, Keith”
Keith escaped from his wife, Marilyn … and their children.