Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has passed away in his native Australia.
Local officials confirmed that he died while spearfishing.
Pullin had won championship titles in 2011 and 2013.
According to details, 32-year-old Pullin was found unresponsive off the beach Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.
Authorities said that he was treated by paramedics at the spot, but he could not survive.
According to details, Nicknamed “Chumpy”, Pullin was Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said: “The man was spearfishing off Palm Beach. He was brought to shore by bystanders where he was treated by local lifesavers and paramedics.”
Local media said that a snorkeler had spotted Pullin unconscious underwater on an artificial reef.
He was brought to the shore by the lifeguards.
The sport’s Australian peak body, Snow Australia, said it was “shocked and saddened” by Pullin’s death.
“Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed,” it said in a statement.
Other commentators and athletes have paid homage. Pullin was described as a kind and generous person.