Andy Irons was a hero to many. The realisation that someone such as this - a symbol of strength and triumph in the face of life-threatening danger - could be struck down so unexpectedly in their apparent physical prime, came as a chilling reminder of the fragile balance of life.
|Photo Ryan Heywood - see it here|
This is Ryan's photo of Andy with his brother Bruce, shot several years back in Tahiti. It was the first image that came to mind when I heard the news; reiterating the theory of "six degrees of separation".