Pro surfer Mick Fanning has had an incredibly turbulent year and this morning he has woken up to tragic news.

Surfer Magazine has posted a public Facebook update confirming that the 34 year old’s brother, Peter Fanning, had died in his sleep overnight.


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The Facebook post said “This year has presented more ups and downs for Mick Fanning than most can fathom. Today, he woke to the news that his older brother had passed away in his sleep. Now, he paddles out into his Round Three heat against Jamie O’Brien with a World Title on the line. We’re rooting for you, Mick. We all are.”

Mick Fanning Surfer Magazine FB post

The devastating news comes after a terrible year for the world champion who fought off a shark during a competition at J-Bay in South Africa in July.

The Fanning family have suffered through a tragedy like this before, losing Mick’s little brother Sean in a car accident back in 1998.

We are sending all of our love and thoughts to the Fanning family at this time.

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  • Let’s hope that Nick Fanning and his family have a good year ahead of them as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.


  • never rains but it pours – all the best mick x


  • So incredibly sad and devastating for Mick. I wish him nothing but the best.


  • All the best to him and his family. This year has been very hard for him.


  • Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family Mick. All the best in your surfing event.


  • that is sad. but he seems like a tough bloke.


  • Your a champion Mick for continuing in the competition. I’m sure it’s what your brother would have wanted you to do. My deepest sympathy for your loss.


  • Mick, your strong, your loved by everyone, and we all including your families want to see you strong on the ladder, be there and win the finals.. watching u everyway.


  • How sad. My thoughts are with Mick Fanning and his family


  • How tragic. He lost already his brother Sean and now his brother Peter ! Thinking about and praying for this family.


  • Poor family how devastating. my thoughts and prayers are with them.


  • What a terrible loss for all the Fanning clan. Incredibly sad. Surely there has to be some rainbows soon for the family.
    Much love and sincere condolences.


  • Sending sympathy at this tragic loss so close to Christmas.


  • Very sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God help you and your family to stay strong.


  • Oh this poor family! From what I’ve seen they are the most beautiful family and I wish them love and support for 2016.


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