NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Kessler, a skateboarding pioneer and designer of New York City skate parks, has died. He was 48.

Close friend and fellow skateboarder Moose Huerta said Thursday that Kessler had a heart attack following an allergic reaction to a wasp sting in Montauk, on Long Island.

Kessler got his start in the 1970s with a loose-knit group of skateboarders and graffiti artists known as the Soul Artists of Zoo York. They skated all over Manhattan's Upper West Side, where Kessler lived.

In the 1990s, Kessler persuaded the city Parks Department to build a skateboarding center in Riverside Park. He also designed skate parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island.