Surfing legend Sunny Garcia has just been hospitalized in Oregon. On Tuesday, the World Surf League confirmed that Sunny was admitted to the ICU after reports had said that he had died.
Garcia, who's given name is Vincent Sennen Garcia, shared a photo of himself as a young boy and an emotional caption with his Instagram followers. According to reports, he was hospitalized shortly after his post.
According to PEOPLE, "In December 2014, Garcia opened up about his struggles with depression in another Instagram post that included the hashtags “#needhelp” and “#whatswrongwithme.”'
“Depression is no joke waking up feeling like you’re ready to take on the world then a couple hours later feeling down on life and wondering what’s wrong with you,” Garcia wrote.
“Well I know I’m not alone and I’m not sure what’s wrong with me because I have no reason to feel the way I do,” he went on to say. “It’s been happening for about two years and would love to hear from any of you who suffer these feelings so I can figure out what I should do.”
On March 20, Garcia took to social media to encourage people who are struggling with depression to reach out and talk with someone.
"Doesn’t matter what kind of mental illness you suffer from, we all suffer in silence and deal with it best we can and most people that don’t suffer can’t understand the pain and frustration that we go through:( I have a incredible life surrounded by people that love and care for me, and I get to travel to beautiful places to surf and meet different people from all over the world but I can tell you when I get down that none of that matters. I just feel like nothing or anyone can help me at the particular time so I just keep sharing my feelings hoping that it helps any of you out there that suffers from anything and encourage you to reach out and talk to others like yourself because this life can really be beautiful," he captioned a photo of himself.
He also mentioned in his heartfelt post that earlier in the day he "spent the morning curled in my dark closet feeling like I just didn’t want to be here anymore."
Garcia became an incredible athlete and an icon in the surfing world after getting his start in the sport at the age of five. Impressively, he has won the coveted Triple Crown of Surfing six times, which is more than any other surfer has won. According to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Garcia is one of the most filmed and photographed surfers ever. He has appeared in over 75 surf movies and videos.
After news of his hospitalization broke, fans and fellow surfers began to share their prayers and encouragement for Sunny.
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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.