We woke up to more sad this news this morning. Jeff Grosso has passed away at just 51 years old. This is the latest in a string of deaths that rocked skateboarding starting in 2019. Grosso was one of the ‘80s vert legends that we admired for his longitivtiy. He had a well-deserved pro board on Antihero, and was an integral part of Vans’ program. And his Loveletters to Skateboarding was among our favorite web series that we consistently watched and posted on a regular basis. You can view Thrasher’s announcement about Grosso’s passing below.
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Today we have the terrible task of saying a heartbreaking goodbye to beloved verticalist, commentator and friend of the mag Jeff Grosso. Jeff went from number-one amateur to 80s superstar to cautionary tale and back again. His latest role as lovable curmudgeon, host of his own history-packed web series and keeper of skateboarding’s righteousness, unafraid to offend or annoy in his quest to educate, was by far his greatest – second only to being Oliver’s dad. Ripping ’til the end, he became an unlikely mentor to the generations that followed – from Muska and Tom, to Lizzie and Brighton – always cheering, heckling or offering advice. Jeff could be as gentle and sincere as he could be hilarious and hard, (on the coping and himself.) He ALWAYS skated with style. His grinds were long, his backside airs were head high and his handplants were stalled out and sadder than a funeral. He will be sorely, sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and many friends. RIP @grossosucks ❤️ – Michael Burnett