Kalani David was a surfing champion who died at the age of 24.
What was his cause of death? How did David die? According to NBC News, David “died on a beach in Costa Rica over the weekend after suffering a seizure.”
According to the Tico Times, he drowned while surfing. “He reportedly suffered a massive seizure while in the water,” the website reported.
His full name was Kalani David Feeney Barrientos.
Here’s what you need to know:
Barrientos, the son of a Costa Rican mother, had health problems before his death. He “suffered from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a congenital heart disease that caused paralysis and seizures,” NBC reported.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “In Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, an additional signaling pathway between the upper and lower chambers of the heart causes a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia). WPW syndrome is a congenital heart disease (congenital heart defect). It’s pretty rare.”
The website states: “The rapid heartbeat episodes seen in WPW syndrome are not usually life-threatening, but serious heart problems can occur. Rarely, WPW syndrome can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults.”
In June he wrote on Instagram:
His last Instagram post from August 28, 2022 shows him skateboarding.
People wrote tributes in his Instagram comment thread:
“We love you FOREVER and ALWAYS KALANI! See you Valhalla 🙏🏽♥️”
“RIP Kalani ❤️ loved by so many.”
“Rest In Peace❤️”
The Tico Times reported that Kalani died while surfing in Playa Hermosa, Jaco Costa Rica.
The website reported that he had other seizure fears, but his love of surfing outweighed the risks. “Almost daily seizures were a part of David’s life. He almost died several years ago while skating in Oceanside, California,” the news site reported.
CNN described him as a professional surfer and skater
According to his X Games bio, “Kalani David belongs to that generation of young kids who are much better and progressing much faster than the action athletes of a few years ago. He grew up surfing and skating so at the ripe old age of 14 he could be considered a seasoned veteran. He brings an uncompromising, powerful style to the bowls and is used to winning – he won a gold medal in the under 16s group and under the ISA World Junior Championships in surfing in April 2012.”
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