Jake Phelps, long time editor-in-chief of skateboarding bible Thrasher magazine, has passed away aged 56. Phelps was in charge of the magazine for 20+ years and is a distinctive icon in the skateboarding world.
His death was confirmed by Thrasher publisher Tony Vitello on the magazine’s website and Instagram, writing; “Jake Phelps was 100 percent skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world,”.
No cause of death has been confirmed, but his uncle, Clark Phelps, has written in a Facebook post that Phelps had “died suddenly and easy today.”
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