You may have heard about someone comitting suicide in front of the Mission Police Station earlier this week with a self inflicted gunshot to the head. It turns out, that person was Eric Swenson; Potrero Hill resident and co-founder of Thraser Magazine. Before co-founding Thrasher in 1981, he also co-founded Independent Trucks back in 1978 and helped create Spitfire wheels and Think skateboards. Needless to say, both Independent and Thrasher were hugely influential to establishing the culture of skateboarding, providing it with a solid foundation to be built upon over the decades.
Thrasher's official memorial announcement is here.