Jeffrey Blaine Grosso, the legendary skateboarder, king of ‘vert, and host of Vans’ Love Letters To Skateboarding, passed away on March 31, 2020. He was 51.
Skateboarding Transworld reported that he passed away at his home, but no further details were given at this time. Born on April 28, 1968, Grosso, originally from Glendale, California was living Costa Mesa with his son Oliver, who’s 8 years old.
Michael Burnett of Thrasher magazine confirmed the tragic news of his sudden passing with a beautiful tribute on Instagram. “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 [the] cautionary tale and back again. His latest role as [a] 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.”
“Jeff could be as gentle and sincere as he could be hilarious and hard, (on the coping and himself.),” Burnett continued. “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.”
Fellow skateboarding icon Tony Hawk said, “Jeff was a true skateboarder at his core, and a great wealth of entertainment, insight and valuable philosophy to a younger generation. I was lucky enough to skate with him over the last four decades and occasionally featured on his Vans’ Love Letters series.”
“One of the last times we spoke, we talked about how ridiculous it is that we still get to do this for a living and that anyone even cares what we do or think in terms of skateboarding at our age,” Hawk added. “I believe Jeff is a big reason that anyone truly cares, and skateboarding was lucky to have him as an ambassador and gatekeeper to its history. He was also a great father, which is obvious in his last social media post. Thank you Jeff, words cannot describe how much we will miss you.”