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Surfer who collapsed & died in La Jolla identified

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Stephen Fujii, 67, described as super nice and laid back | Updated

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 October, 2014 - A surfer collapsed on the sand and died at a La Jolla beach Wednesday, lifeguards confirmed. Lifeguards said the surfer's board was standing up on the beach and the man was found collapsed on the sand. When his friends went to check on him and he was unconscious, officials said. CPR was initiated but the surfer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Update: Man Identified as Stephen Fujii

The surfing community is mourning the loss of a local father and husband described as a generous role model to many. A relative of Stephen Fujii, 67, say he spent his last moments on earth doing one of the things he loved most: surfing.

He was found unresponsive Wednesday morning, lying by his surfboard stuck in the sand of La Jolla.  An autopsy, scheduled for Thursday, should give insight as to his cause of death.

Fujii’s relative Kevin Nakada told NBC 7 the Clairemont man was a true waterman, participating in everything from surfing to fishing. A familiar sight at local beaches, he garnered the nickname “Seal Bite” because he was nipped by a seal a few years back.

“He was a great person, and he was much more than what an uncle or cousin would be,” Nakada said. “He taught me a lot of things. He was a great family man.”

Fujii leaves behind a wife, son and daughter.



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