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Surfer Kalani David Had Previous Seizure In Water Before Tragic Death

An eerily prescient Instagram post has resurfaced in the wake of professional surfer Kalani David’s tragic death.

David, 24, died on Sunday after suffering a seizure while surfing off the coast of Costa Rica. The news headlines was confirmed by his father, David David. The young surfer began his professional career as an adolescent and won numerous impressive honors, including winning team gold and individual gold at the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship when he was just 14.

In the aftermath of David’s passing, fans and followers noticed an Instagram post he made on June 21 where he discussed his history with seizures, even admitting to suffering one while surfing, in the same way he was before his death. The post also mentioned warnings from his doctor, stating that it might be unsafe for him to surf or drive as the seizures persisted.

“With one of these seizures I keep having my neurologist said no driving no surfing until I stop having them,” David wrote in the post. “After all I possibly could surf but, easily was to possess one and do not get saved with time I’ll either die or turn into a vegetable because I don’t possess enough air to my brain. I keep getting lucky, I had a seizure driving and another in the water inside a couple months.”

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Above, a go of professional surfer Kalani David at a junior world championship surfing event in Portugal in 2016. David discussed persistent problems with seizures on Instagram months before suffering one while surfing, resulting in his death.Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Further on in the post, David appears to indicate he would be leaving surfing because of his medical issues, stating that the change in his life was “not rejection, it’s redirection.” It really is unclear at the moment why David could have been surfing on Sunday if his seizures were still persisting.

“Days gone by couple years been having seizures sleeping and just Angels watching over me cause idk how I keep getting so lucky and living thru everything,” David continued. “Time and energy to understand this stuff to be able therefore i can proceed in life, at the very least I could skate and fish! Been getting asked a whole lot about my situation so wished to let everyone understand how it is for me personally at this time. I been putting these medical issues aside because I couldn’t believe it, but doing which has managed to get worse. My entire life has completely changed and it’s really not rejection, it’s redirection.”

Because of its eery echoes of his untimely death, the post has received an influx of comments from David’s mourning followers because the news broke on Sunday.

“That is so sad, he writes about any of it and was told no surfing!!” a user named “tparry92” wrote. “My heart breaks for his friends and family!! At the very least he was doing what he loved to accomplish!! Fly high.”

Another follower, “ladylauren82,” related the post with their own experience caring for a kid with epilepsy.

“Literally among my biggest fears…” an individual wrote. “I nanny for a youngster with a seizure disorder and I cannot leave him alone for a good second…they go on the water and I’m terrified for him to even go in.”

Several posts designed to the account between June 21 and his passing seemed to show David surfing, though it really is unclear if they were older clips or new ones filmed after he was advised to avoid.

Newsweek attemptedto reach David’s family for comment.

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