Mick Fanning leads tribute for Ed Fanning, following brother’s tragic death

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Hundreds of surfers have paid respect to Ed Fanning, the older brother of Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning, after he died of a severe infection while working in Madagascar.

Following an emotional memorial service on Saturday morning, mourners on surfboards paddled into the waves of Snapper Rocks – a famous surf break in Coolangatta Queensland.

Led by Mick, attendees formed a circle in the surf, and carried flowers which were thrown in the water.

Ed died after a cut to his wound became infected while he was working at the Madasurf camp in the African island last month.

A tribute from Gold Coast-based Kirra Surfriders Club, where Ed and Mick hold life memberships, said the 48-year-old was rushed by boat and admitted to a hospital in the nearest major city, however Ed suffered cardiac complications as a result of the infection.

Mick is now the sole surviving Fanning brother. In 1998, his older sibling Sean died in a car crash aged 20.

Another older brother, Peter, died due to complications related to this heart in 2015.

Both Mick, and his mother, Liz Osborne spoke at the memorial service, which was held before the paddle out at the nearby Greenmount Surf Club.

Mick said it was Ed who inspired him and his fellow brothers to begin surfing, as reported by The Courier Mail.

“Ed was so passionate about surfing that us brothers could only follow him to the beach and see for ourselves,” he said.

“It was truly something life-changing, getting that first taste of the ocean in Coffs Harbour (where the Fanning brothers started surfing).”

Their mother, Ms Osborne paid tribute to Ed’s life in Madagascar, where he and his partner had adopted a daughter named Jelly Baby, after the couple found her living in a stormwater drain.

“He was so loved by all the people over there,” she said.

“I’m going back next week to see where my boy is buried, in his happy place, surrounded by such love.”

Last week, Mick shared a lengthy tribute to his dead brother, remembering him as a talented surfer, and someone with the “biggest heart,” and “too loyal for your own good”.

“Love you my brother. You taught me so much over the years about everything that life could deal up,” he said.

“The good and the bad you were my teacher. You introduced us all to surfing, the joy and freedom of riding a wave.”

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