Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos died Tuesday, one day after he was shot three times outside his home in the coastal town of Guarda do Embau. He was 24.
According to Brazilian media reports, dos Santos was shot three times in the torso by an off-duty military police officer after some sort of argument. There are conflicting reports as to what the argument was over. Police have reportedly arrested the shooter and his brother.
Dos Santos was airlifted to a hospital, where he underwent four surgeries. He was placed in a medically induced coma before dying of multiple organ failure.
Dos Santos had been featured on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Surfer Magazine.
In 2012, dos Santos knocked surfing legend Kelly Slater out of a major tournament in Tahiti. On Tuesday, Slater remembered dos Santos as "one of the great barrel riders" in a post on his Instagram page.
Beautiful morning but I was horrified to realize everyone was paddling out to Pipe to form a circle in remembrance of my friend, #RicardoDosSantos, who passed away in hospital after being shot three times yesterday in #Brasil. @ricardosantos90 was truly one of the great barrel riders of his short time (myself and a few others learned that the hard way against him at Teahupo'o a couple years back when he won the #AndyIronsAward in the event). He also won the #WaveOfTheWinter in 2012-2013 for a crazy barrel at #Pipeline and was a regular standout in any barreling or heavy conditions around the world. This was truly a senseless loss of life. It unfortunately brings to light the number of murders yearly in Brasil, officially documented at over 50,000 with many thousands more going unreported. Lack of education, poverty, and drugs don't make for a good mix and make life challenging in this country, one of the most beautiful and scariest places I've been. Condolences to Ricardo's friends and family around the world. Our small community has lost another way too soon. #RIPRDS #WTF #HardToBelieve
- Dan Gartland