Keith Hufnagel Bio, Wiki
Keith Hufnagel was a legendary skateboarder and founder of Huf Worldwide. It is being reported that he has died on Thursday, September 24th aged 46 after a battle with brain cancer.
Hufnagel founded Huf in 2002
Hufnagel founded Huf in 2002, opening the brand’s first shop in San Francisco after he moved to the West Coast from New York. He told Complex in 2012 that the brand’s name “was sort of born on the streets.”
“The name HUF just stuck with me as a sort of nickname amongst my friends, so once I turned pro I started using it on product and clothing and it became what people recognized me by,” he told the outlet.
“In 2002, after I had been living and skating in San Francisco for a bit, I decided I wanted to open up a retail shop that would sort of fuse skateboarding with the sneaker and streetwear scenes at the time,” he explained of the brand’s inception.
Keith Hufnagel Cause of Death
Hufnagel died after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, Huf Worldwide announced on Thursday. “Though he beat the odds and fought back much longer than his diagnosis permitted, he ultimately and unfortunately lost the fight,” the brand Hufnagel founded said in a lengthy statement.
“Keith was not only the ‘HUF’nagel in HUF. He was the heart and soul of this brand. He built and brought together a community of people like no one else could,” the statement continued, saying that the skater “paved the way for all of us – as a respected professional skateboarder, shop owner, brand founder, footwear and apparel designer, creative director, and industry leader. He showed us how to do it, and how do it right.”
“Keith loved skateboarding and the culture around it. He did things his way and did them for the right reasons. He inspired so many of us across the globe,” the statement continued.
“But above anything else, Keith loved and supported the people around him. He would do anything for his friends, family and children. He passionately wanted to see others succeed. And we all loved him for it.”
The statement concluded by saying that Hufnagel’s “legacy will continue to live on at HUF. Today, tomorrow and forever. Rest in peace, Keith.”
Keith Hufnagel Wife
Hufnagel is survived by his wife, Mariellen Olson Hufnagel, and their two children. On Mother’s Day, May 10th, Hufnagel posted a photo of his wife and children with the caption, ”
Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful wife @mariellen_olson Thanks for being an awesome mom and taking care of all of us ❤️”
For her birthday in April, Hufnagel joked about having to celebrate during the coronavirus pandemic. He wrote, “Thanks for taking care of our family through these crazy times as the world has gone mad. Love you. Thanks for getting all the TP at Costco also.”