Close friend and fellow athlete Rod Dixon posted of Dick's death online, saying "my great friend and competitor passed away peacefully in New Zealand this morning".
The Wanaka locals put on a parade for the NZ teens after their achievements in PyeongChang.
Mt Aspiring College performed a powerful haka for the NZ heroes.
Kiwi athletes Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous are still buzzing over their historic bronze medals.
Zoi Sadowski Synnott, Nico Porteous and the rest of the team touched down this morning.
The Kiwi squad leave South Korea having finally ended the 26-year Winter Olympics medal drought.
The two 16-year-old Olympians were smiling from ear-to-ear after their mammoth efforts on the slopes in PyeongChang.
The 16-year-old skier created history both as the first ever Kiwi male and youngest ever freestyle skier to win a Winter Olympics medal.
The 16-year-old ended New Zealand's 26-year medal drought at the Winter Games with her run in the Ladies Big Air final.
Zoi's parents Sean Synnott and Robyn Sadowski were on hand to witness the 16-year-old leap into history.
The Kiwi bronze Olympic medallist opted not to put on a show in his last run while he was sitting in second place in PyeongChang.
Sadowski-Synnott, 16, said she couldn't believe she was standing next to some of her snowboarding idols on the podium in PyeongChang.
Porteous, 16, secured third place with fellow Kiwi Beau-James Wells finishing in fourth place at the men's freeski halfpipe final.
Mt Aspiring College principal Wayne Bosley said he and his students were immensely proud of Sadowski-Synnott's efforts in PyeongChang.
The 16-year-old ended New Zealand's 26-year wait for a Winter Olympics medal with bronze in South Korea.
The 16-year-old couldn't stop smiling during the medal ceremony, breaking a 26-year medal drought for NZ in the Winter Olympics.
Stacey Wells will be in the stands to watch Byron and Beau-James compete in the men's ski halfpipe final.
The Kiwi trio almost caused a massive upset against South Korea but it left them out of breathe for a race against the Dutch.
"Bridges would have realised that at some point he was going to have to confront Ross. To delay that day of reckoning was to damage both himself and the party," writes our columnist.