Gabriel Rodriguez death: Gabriel Rodriguez skateboarder death happened 9th August 2019. He was 46 years old.
A tribute from Rudy Johnson which shares little details about Gabriel Rodriguez skateboarder last days before his death reads:
On 8-9-2019 we lost a true legend.
Gabriel Rodriguez was a unique beautiful human. He not only inspired me when first meeting him, he inspired the world as well with his amazing talent.
Words can’t describe the loss, he was a true brother. The fact that we came from the same neighborhood, living only blocks away as kids and getting to experience the skate life we lived and experienced, was always a great conversation between us, a true miracle.
In his last days we assured him on how he impacted the Globe inspired People. In the end he was at peace with that, and the fact of his soon to be reality. He now rests in peace.
See you on the other side my man.. I love you Gabe❤️ I will miss you dearly and never forget you brother🙏 @gabrielrodriguez_sk8 #oglaskatelegend #gabrielforever
Gabriel Rodriguez death: How did skateboarder die?
At this moment, details about how Gabriel died are not public.
He is the fourth skateboard icon to pass away in 2019 after the deaths of Jake Phelps, P-Spliff, and Ben Raemers.
A pioneer of schoolyard picnic table skating, Rodriguez was born in Los Angeles. He was discovered by Stacy Peralta in the late ‘80s alongside Paulo Diaz, Rudy John Johnson, and Guy Mariano.
He made his first appearance in the L.A. Boys section of Ban This in 1989. He would later go on to skate for 101 and Chocolate before retiring from professional skateboarding in the early 2000s.
Rodriguez is best known for his part in Chocolate’s Las Nueve Vidas De Paco ; and Guy Mariano has credited him as being his original inspiration in skateboarding in numerous interviews over the past decade.
Read more tributes from friends and loved ones who adored Rodriguez. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
- From CityStarJoey:
Words can’t express the great loss and pain in my heart, my last conversation and visit with you was the hardest thing I have ever had to face in life…
I am glad I had the chance to see you and speak to you one last time, I’ll miss you but will never forget you. Love you Gabe. Until we meet again… – RIP Gabriel Rodriguez 😔💔
- From Sean Cliver:
Of all the memories from my stint at @powellperalta, circa 1989-1991, those that remain the most intact relate to my experiences with the “LA Boys,” aka @gabrielrodriguez_sk8 @rudyjohnson @guymariano and Paolo Diaz.
When they first arrived on the amateur team scene, I often skate chauffeured them back and forth from Santa Barbara and LA, letting them crash at my apartment to go skate the Powell parking lot ramps and La Colina schoolyard on the weekends, and was constantly dropped-in-jaw at how they were defining the next generation of street skating.
It was all so pure at the time—living only to skate in that rare window where nothing else matters but skating—so I still vividly remember the night Gabriel called me to say that Guy and Rudy had been hanging out with Mark Gonzales and were going to quit to ride for Blind.
This was devastating to hear, because I knew it signaled the beginning of an end. Gabriel was conflicted, not wanting to disappoint Stacy, so he stayed on Powell for just a bit longer—or at least long enough for a knee-jerk reaction at the company with a rushed attempt at giving him a pro model.
There was little thought put into a graphic… CR Stecyk basically ripped a panel off a cardboard box and had me copy the bar code and add Gabriel’s name and the requisite branding.
A paper mock up of the graphic was then made on what was proposed to be a metallic gold board along with a few printed T-shirt samples (photo evidence above).
Ultimately, I think this all freaked out Gabriel, and it wasn’t long thereafter that he flew the corporate coop to join Natas’s fledgling 101 team under the same Rocco roof as his friends.
Fortunately I was able to join them there as well in time, where I was honored to contribute a small piece to his graphic legacy in skateboarding. In a weird way this all still feels like yesterday to me, making today’s news of Gabriel’s passing all the more shocking and heartbreaking. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. #ripgabrielrodriguez