Updated: November 18, 2010, 3:31 PM ET

Irons family releases statement to ASP

By Jake Howard
ESPN Action Sports
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Kirston Scholz/Getty ImagesAndy Irons at the Bells Beach news conference in March.

Three days after memorials for Andy Irons were held around the world, the Irons family released an official statement via the Association Of Surfing Professionals. "Andy's passing was met with the most overwhelming and powerful wave of love and support," states Andy's mother Danielle.

"The friendship and concern that has poured in from everywhere has been unimaginable, and we are deeply, deeply grateful. Words are beyond us," adds Andy's father Phil.

The statement was followed by the ASP's announcement that they have concluded their preliminary medical review of the case. It reads, "The ASP completed its preliminary medical review for the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico several days ago, concluding that the medical staff met and exceeded protocols, offering Andy Irons the best possible care."

When contacted this morning for more information about what the medical review entails, ASP international media manager Dave Prodan commented, "The ASP's preliminary medical review is conducted by ASP administrators, event organizers and ASP medical staff and they essentially review the protocols that were in place for a particular case and ensure that all were met. The ASP is not releasing any details from the medical report at this time."

Irons was found dead on November second while on a layover in a Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hotel. The cause of death remains undetermined, pending the results of Irons' autopsy and toxicology reports. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner would not indicate a date when those results are expected.

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