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A man killed in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon was profiled by GQ magazine last year as one of skating’s “stars in the making.”
Pablo “P-Spliff” Ramirez, 26, died when he was hit by a dump truck while skating at 7th and Natoma. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Chronicle reported.
Ramirez was a prominent member of GX1000, a popular San Francisco skateboarder crew with millions of YouTube views. In a December story about the local skating scene, another crew’s cameraman, Cody Thompson, spoke about the group’s influence.
“GX1000 are the OGs of the game,” Thompson said. “They are constantly pushing the limits on what you are able to do on a skateboard. Watching their videos has always inspired me to go out and skate.”
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GX1000 was also the subject of an April 2018 GQ feature, discussing their style and showing off Ramirez and his friends in a photo shoot.
In light of his death, the story takes on a haunting quality. “P-Spliff once had to jump over the hood of a car to avoid a collision,” GQ’s Noah Johnson writes.
“Pablo will go straight through a red light and not even look at all,” GX member Ryan Garshell said. “It’s up to the driver to stop and if they don’t stop, that’s it. Somehow he always makes it. It’s really magical.”
Another crew member, Sean Greene, spoke about his near-misses on the streets of San Francisco. “It’s frustrating s— when you almost die,” he told GQ. “It ages you.”
Ramirez’s death has sent shock waves among his friends and fans. The GX1000 Instagram page posted a tribute to him on Tuesday.
“You always told me you loved me. You always told everyone you loved them,” the caption reads. “The biggest heart ever. Pablo truly embodied the vision of GX. Be strong everyone. Smile, life is beautiful Pablo would want you all to be happy and go fast with your friends. Put down your box (phone) Listen to records, enjoy every ride, go skating even if it’s raining, roll up, create some art, make some music, put your feet in the ocean, scare yourself everyday because they just keep letting us wake up. Life is beautiful!!”
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident, although they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors.
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