A notorious big wave surfer was found dead in Mexico, weeks after he was reported missing.
RadarOnline.com has learned the body of Adam Francis D’Esposito, 39, was discovered by officials in Rosarito, and his family was alerted of his death this Wednesday.
According to Fox 5 San Diego, the coroner determined D’Esposito’s death was drowning, but family, friends and fans who knew the man’s professional swimming skills, find it hard to believe.
“The details of my brother’s death are still being sorted out, we kindly ask for your respect during this confusing time. Our hearts are heavy as we come to terms with the fact that he is no longer with us,” D’Esposito’s heartbroken sister, Briana, wrote in a Facebook post this Wednesday.
“He was a very charismatic person with a big heart, passionate personality and a deep love for surfing,” she added. “He had a huge heart for his young daughter and enjoyed spending so much time with her in his last few months. The impact that he had on so many was incredibly evident to my family through your support, love and efforts to help us during this highly stressful & worrisome time.”
As fans know, D’Esposito, also known as “Biff” was a known name in the surfing world after he demonstrated his ability to surf dangerously large waves. In 2012, he even survived a shark attack!
After his disappearance, some surfing pros took to social media to voice their sadness and concern, with champion surfer Kelly Slater even posting his missing person’s photo on Instagram, asking for people to be on the lookout.
“A familiar face in our surf world has been missing for nearly two weeks, last seen in Baja Malibu, Mexico on 8/9 driving a silver Volvo station wagon. It really hits home when someone you know goes missing. Please, anyone with any info whatsoever call the numbers on this post and/or leave a message below,” Slater wrote at the time.
The beloved water sportsman who was also a father to a 6-year-old girl lived in Carlsbad, California. According to reports, he traveled to Mexico to surf and visit his father.
One day, he left the house and never came back. His family immediately alerted authorities who reported him missing, but his body was found weeks later on a nearby beach.
Bizarrely, various sources said they saw D’Esposito in the days before his death.
A local surf shop owner told NBC 7 said the surfer was running barefoot down a freeway when he last saw him.
While his sisters don’t believe D’Esposito simply drowned, they did tell CBS 8 that he suffered from mental issues and was recently diagnosed as bipolar.
Authorities do not believe there was foul play involved in Adam Francis D’Esposito’s death.
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