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Sonny Miller was all smiles.

Sonny Miller was all smiles.

Sonny Miller, legendary surf filmmaker, passed away Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 54. This comes less than a week after he lost his mother, Suzanne Gilliland.

The California native is celebrated for his work with Rip Curl, such as The Search and Searching for Tom Curren. He is also known for Hollywood movies In God’s HandsDie Another Day, and Riding Giants. Miller was presently working on Ricochet Surf Dog for ESPN and RIDE for South Swell Films.

From Rob Machado and Billy Kemper to Devon Howard and Laird Hamilton, there has been an outpouring of love and respect for the man who crossed so many surfers’ paths, both past and present. His last Instagram (below), posted a mere two days ago, was the embodiment of his approach to life, the attached caption reading:


I get by with a little help from my friends! Live to Love! Love to Live! Love You Live! Hope to see y’all real soon ! #keepsmiling #relaxolivin #suzanna

Rest in peace — and keep smilin’.



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