Monday, September 8, 2008
Late Friday evening, tragic news broke of the sudden passing of Krooked rider, Van Wastell. Details were unconfirmed for a couple of days until Matix, one of Van's sponsors, posted this heartfelt and seemingly unreal statement on their site.
"There are some things in life you can never prepare for. I received a call from DLX's Jim Thiebaud yesterday, his voice calm but unsteady. What he went on to tell me was seemingly unbelievable. On Friday Sept. 5th, Van Wastell fell from a Berlin hotel window to his death. This is devastating news for all of us here at Matix, as Van was our friend, our team rider and a close homie of mine. I don't know what else to say other than we will miss the fuck out Van, he will continue his journey in mind and spirit. Our hearts goes out to the Wastell family during this time of confusion and sadness. WE ALREADY MISS YOU MUCH VAN..."
Apparently Wastell was on a small Vans tour when the incident occurred. At just 24 years-old, Van was one of the most respected and stylish skaters around. He was rumored to have just turned pro. His presence in skateboarding will be truly missed