Keith Hufnagel, Legendary Skateboarder, Dead at 46

by Halle Ames
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Legendary skateboarder Keith Hufnagel has died at the age of 46 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer.

Hufnagel was a pro skateboarder that trailblazed New York City’s skating scene in the 1990s. He also founded the famous streetwear brand Huf Worldwide. 

The clothing brand posted a tribute to its Instagram page on Thursday, confirming its founder’s passing.

“Though he beat the odds and fought back much longer than his diagnosis permitted, he ultimately and unfortunately lost the fight. Keith was not only the ‘HUF’nagel in HUF. He was the heart and soul of this brand. He built and brought together a community of people like no one else could.”

“Keith loved skateboarding and the culture around it,” Huf Worldwide continued. “He did things his way and did them for the right reasons. He inspired so many of us across the globe. But above anything else, Keith loved and supported the people around him. He would do anything for his friends, family, and children. He passionately wanted to see others succeed. And we all loved him for it.” 

Remembering the Legendary Skateboarder

Skateboarding’s official governing body, as well as the home to the Olympic skateboarding Team USA, USA Skateboarding, paid their respect to the professional. 

“We are devastated to hear that Keith Hufnagel has passed away. His impact on skateboarding, both on his board and off it as a designer, brand owner/founder, and friend will live forever. Rest in peace, Keith,” USA Skateboarding said in a statement.

Another skating star paid tribute to the legend on Facebook.

Tony Hawk made a post about Hufnagel, calling him “pioneer DIY businessman that valued integrity over profits.” 

He added, “It’s incredibly sad to hear about the passing of Keith Hufnagel. He was a skating legend of NYC and SF fame. I am thankful to have spent time with him during my Lakai days; he was the catalyst and my biggest advocate for joining the team. Thank you, Huf, for all of the good times and constant inspiration. Skateboarding is collectively mourning today.”

[H/T New York Post]