Derek Ho Death Dead – Derek Ho Obituary: Cause of Death

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Derek Ho Death Dead – Derek Ho Obituary: Cause of Death

Derek Ho (September 26, 1964 — July 17, 2020) was a Chinese Hawaiian surfer who won the world surfing championship in 1993. Ho was born in Kailua, Hawaii. He began surfing at the age of three, and won the world title at age 29, making him the first Native Hawaiian world champion. Derek Ho was the brother of Michael Ho, another champion surfer, and the first cousin of Don Ho, the Hawaiian singer. He was the uncle of professional surfers Mason Ho and Coco Ho.

Derek, 55, suffered a major heart attack and took himself to hospital, where he slipped into a coma and died late this afternoon.


The younger of the Ho brothers, Derek followed brother Michael into the pro ranks, where he became part of the big gun generation of the late 1980s, swapping wins and losses with the likes of Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, Martin Potter, Mark Occhilupo, and most dramatically Gary Elkerton, whom he pipped for the 1993 world crown.

His legend hood was built around his extraordinary achievements at Pipeline, where he was universally regarded as a top three all timer, if not the best ever.

On July 17, 2020, Derek Ho suffered a heart attack and admitted himself to hospital, where he later lapsed into a coma and subsequently died. He was just 55 years old.

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  1. My friend, whom I hung out with and took him surfing when we lived in Waimanalo, is gone too soon…He was 10 and what a great individual God had created…Thank you Lord for allowing me to hang out with Derek and all the fun we shared when we were growing up. RIL Derek and you will be missed!!!

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