TONY Hawk said Zane Timpson had a “contagious spirit” as he paid tribute to the “incredibly gifted” skater.
Rumors are circulating online that Timpson, 26, has died but there has been no confirmation from his family or representatives.
In an Instagram statement, legendary skateboarder Hawk said: “So sad to hear about the passing of Zane Timpson.
“He was an incredibly gifted skater with a contagious spirit. I only skated with him once (in his backyard pool) and we had a blast during our brief session.”
The skateboarding icon added: “Judging from the sentiments of others, it sounds like he had everyone’s back, leaving a lasting impression on those of us lucky to have known him or seen him skate.”
Timpson, of California, was renowned for showcasing his skills to his thousands of Instagram followers and Hawk shared a clip of the 26-year-old performing a “heelflip Indy”.
Pals have penned emotional tributes to the skateboarder.
Skater Jordan Maxham said: "I cried all day yesterday. I hugged your pro model board that you signed for me. I took it skating with me and went frontside the whole time. I read our texts and called you.
"You didn't answer. I left you a voice mail that nobody will hear. If they do, They won't understand cause I could barely speak through the flood of tears.
"I woke up crying again today, I still can't grasp the fact that you are away."
Argentine professional skateboarder Milton Martinez said: “Rest in peace man. Love your skateboarding.”
While, skateboarder Mitchie Brusco, 24, added: "I love you Zane. Thank you for everything."
In an obituary published in Thrasher magazine, pal Adam Anorga said: "If you’ve ever seen his parts or were blessed with the opportunity to share a session with him, you were an incredibly lucky human being.
"Most people don’t realize how multifaceted Zane actually was. What he really loved and knew best was words.
"He taught me everything I know and I will forever be indebted to him for creating a path that we could go down together. He lived the dream and brought everyone he loved along for the ride.
"That type of selflessness is hard to find these days and I can’t believe that I have the honor to call Zane my best friend."
The skateboarder talked about "living life in the fast lane" – weeks before his reported death.
On November 5, Timpson shared a video titled: "Life in the Fast Lane".
The video showed the 26-year-old cleaning our ditches to practice, showcasing his skills at local skate parks and even impressively hitting a kickflip while going down a steep hill.
He published his first book called SufferLove in October 2021.
Timpson was not globally ranked but had several sponsors including Westernworld Clothing, Adidas, McGills Skate Shop, and Heel Bruise, according to The Boardr.
He was raised in Leucadia, California before moving to San Francisco in 2013 where he stayed for almost seven years.
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