What a horrible and senseless tragedy…
Mandy Moore and her husband are in mourning immediately after a buddy was killed in a terrifying accident on Saturday. As she wrote on Instagram on Sunday:
“Oh goodness. It is so really hard to create these words. Yesterday, our dear buddy Gerry G passed away all of a sudden in a surfing accident and it just does not really feel true.”
According to the Ventura County Star, Gerald “Gerry” Gilhool Jr. was surfing at Rincon Point in Carpinteria, California on Saturday afternoon when he collided with a different surfer.
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The waves have been reportedly really significant that day, per witnesses, and Gerry, a pretty skilled surfer, was riding down the face of a major a single. Sadly, there was a different surfer just below the surface of the water at the bottom of the wave, and he didn’t see him in time to keep away from the hit. His board’s fin struck the other surfer correct in the nose, slicing his head open. The effect sent Gilhool wiping out into the water, apparently really really hard he had to be brought back to the shore unconscious on his board.
Ventura County firefighters and paramedics arrived promptly on the scene and reported Gilhool had gone into cardiac arrest. He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital exactly where he was later pronounced dead. He was 51 years old.
Gilhool was the tour manager for Dawes, the folk rock band which Mandy’s husband Taylor Goldsmith fronts.
He was also a beloved buddy to Mandy as she and Taylor started dating she wrote:
“Gerry was a towering presence and personality… and if you have been fortunate adequate to be in his orbit and you have been a buddy, his loyalty and really like knew no bounds. I spent a lot of a @dawestheband show with him, side stage, dancing and laughing and confiding in him how a lot I was falling in really like with my now husband. Some of my fondest memories.”
Awww. She continued:
“I’ve in no way identified a person to take as a lot pleasure in assisting other people as Gerry. I’ve also in no way know a person to revel in parenthood really the way he did. He was destined to be a dad and boy did he excel in each and every way. Just a handful of weeks ago, we have been on the telephone excitedly discussing Gus’s arrival and he pointed out that he wanted to open a swim college for little ones and he was excited to teach him.”
He was a new dad?? Oh no! Mandy concluded:
“Sigh. Life is wild. Maintaining his companion, son and the legion of pals he had in my thoughts and prayers. Nowadays, we’re going to crank some Grateful Dead and celebrate you, buddy. Adore and miss you, constantly GG.”
What a definitely awful, random piece of just the worst luck. Maintaining Gerry’s loved ones in our thoughts today…
[Image via WENN/Avalon/Mandy Moore/Instagram.]
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