Andy Kessler, Skateboarder, Dies at 49

August 11, 2009
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Andy Kessler skateboarder, was a pioneer in East Coast skateboarding. See photos, video and a biography of the skateboarding legend of the 1970s who died at age 49.

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The skateboarding community is in shock over the sudden death of the legendary East Coast skateboarder who died on August 10, 2009 in Montauk, New York reportedly from complications of a hornet’s sting.




As a biography, Andy Kessler was 49 years old at the time of his death. He was born in Greece and grew up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan on West 71st. His father own a floral shop and his mother was a gym teacher.

He was a trailblazer in the sport of skateboarding in New York City in the 1970s where he was a member of the ‘original’ Zoo York crew; known as the Soul Artists of Zoo York, an influential collective of graffiti artists and skateboarders. The latter congregated on the Upper West Side in Riverside Park where their innovations took the sport to new levels.

In recent years, Andy Kessler skateboarder was profiled by numerous publications, including New York Magazine, seen here as well as in the New York Times, which you can see here

You can see numerous Andy Kessler photos of the skateboard legend in his heyday and throughout his life here.

More photos and Andy Kessler skateboarder video below.

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3 Responses to “Andy Kessler, Skateboarder, Dies at 49”

  1. 1
    Eddy Calabritto Says:

    Andy was a old good friend of mine. I will miss him greatly.

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    Gregory M Lichtenson Says:

    HEY…..
    ALICE IN WONDERLAND!! I GONNA MISS YOU ANDY KESSLER!! LONG LIVE WEST 71st STREET AND THE BANDSHELL!!

    GREGORY LICHTENSON,BOBBY NAGEL,PETER MAYO,
    COLIN GATELY!! LIKE SPIDERMAN HE WOULD CLIMB HIS APT WALL!! I LOVED ANDY PET MONKEY!!
    ((YOU WILL LIVE IN SPIRIT FOREVER))
    ((MANY 360s MY MAN MANY!!))

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    Gregory M Lichtenson Says:

    HEY!!!
    ANDY REMEMBER THE WOODSHOP!! HaHaaaaaa
    ((ANDY ANDY ANDY)) I REMEMBER YOU PARENT’S FLOWER SHOP ON WEST 72ND STREET!! ALL THOSE NIGHTS IN CENTRAL PARK!! ENDLESS HOURS MAN!!
    I SEE YOU IN HEAVEN SOON!! SHALOM SHALOM SHALOM!!