The young Skateboarder Henry Gartland has passed away at the age of 22. The shocking news broke this morning and was confirmed by his sponsor Santa Cruz skateboards. The cause of death is known to be suicide.
Santa Cruz Skateboards wrote:
"Trying to find the words to express how heartbroken we are right now feels almost impossible. How can you try to describe someone who made you feel so much? Henry Gartland was our family. We all loved and will always love him so much." Santa Cuz said. "A loving brother, a caring son, a wonderful friend and one of the most amazing skateboarders that we had all seen. Henry was someone who never lost sight of who he was and what he cared about. We are all deeply saddened by our loss."
They continued. "A loss that we share with all of the skateboarding community. We understand that in a moment like this we all want to know why. But the truth is, we may never know. So in this moment we ask that you take the energy and the time you’d spending asking why to check in on those closest to you and ask them how they’re doing. Your friends, your family, your community."
The post continued. "We will miss you more than you can ever know Henry, just know that we will carry you with us forever. Please respect the privacy of his family and our team as we all process this."
"If you are struggling and can’t talk to anyone close to you PLEASE call the National suicide hotline 1-800-273-TALK. We are all in this together."
People close to Henry Gartland and his sponsors expressed their sadness over his death.
Rest in Peace: Henry Gartland
Bronson Speed Co
Sometimes people who commit suicide are not fully aware of what is happening, or maybe they are in such a dark place at the moment. Suicide will never end the chances of someone's life getting worse. It will just eliminate the possibility of getting better. So please, if you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it. You have the opportunity to make a positive difference in this world. Kindly tell your friends, family, and the people you know that you care for them, and please ensure that they are being taken care of with love.