Skateboarder and streetwear company founder Keith Hufnagel dead at 46 from brain cancer
Sept. 26, 2020
Keith Hufnagel, the prodigious skateboarder and founder of HUF Worldwide, has died at the age of 46.
The athlete and businessman died after a 2½-year battle with brain cancer, the company announced on Thursday.
“Though he beat the odds and fought back much longer than his diagnosis permitted, he ultimately and unfortunately lost the fight,” wrote the company.
Hufnagel, who grew up in New York City, began skating professionally in the early 1990s, reported Complex . After moving to San Francisco, he opened HUF shop, an emporium for skateboards, streetwear and sneakers.
Eventually, HUF stores opened worldwide, including in Japan, according to CNN .
“Words escape us, and they will never be enough. Anything written could never truly describe how your friendship, influence, everything you did — means to so many people,” wrote skateboard company Real Skateboards in a heartfelt Instagram post. “You created a blueprint for how it should be done, with power, grace and respect. You showed us that anything could be accomplished if you put your heart and effort into it.”
Hufnagel leaves behind his wife, Mariellen, and two children.
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