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Former surfing world champion Sunny Garcia in critical condition at hospital



Sunny Garcia, seen here competing at an event at Piha Beach in Auckland in 2005, is seriously ill at the hospital.

BRENDON O & # 39; HAGAN / STUFF

Sunny Garcia, seen here competing at an event at Piha Beach in Auckland in 2005, is seriously ill at the hospital.

Surf champion Sunny Garcia is fighting for his life at the US hospital, the World Surf League has confirmed.

"With heavy hearts, we confirmed that Sunny Garcia is in the hospital ICU," WSL tweeted.

"Sunny has always been a great surfing champion, both in and out of the water. Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time."

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Support for the Hawaiian star has flowed from all over the world, with American champion Kelly Slater sharing his love for Garcia in a post on Instagram.

"Sunny … I love you, brother, I just can not even understand you here, we have a lot more to do before we're done," Slater wrote.

"There have been hard times, but there have been many good times, just praying that you wake up and receive more from you."

The three-time world champion Mick Fanning also posted a message of support for the Hawaiian star.

"Pray for you, my brother!" It was such a special surprise to be with you recently, a hero, a brilliant light and a human so lovely.I love you, mate, "he wrote on the Instagram.

It is unclear what led to Garcia's hospitalization in Portland, Oregon, however he has been open with his struggles with depression.

In March, he wrote on his Facebook page that people who do not suffer from mental health problems "do not understand the pain and frustration we've been through."

Where to get help:

1737, do you need to talk? Free call or 1737 text at any time for the support of a trained counselor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or chat online

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Support Line – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for children ages 5 to 18). Telephone counseling is available Monday through Friday, from noon to 11:00 am and on weekends, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Online chat is available daily from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

thelowdown.co.nz – or email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626

Anxiety New Zealand – 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)

Support for families in mental illness – 0800 732 825.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 AA WORKS, or aa.org.nz.

If it is an emergency or you, or someone you know, is at risk, call 111.


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