Sunday, February 5, 2023

Rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block dies in snowmobile accident at age 55

(CNN) — Professional rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident on Monday, his team Hoonigan Racing announced. He was 55 years old.

“Ken was a visionary, a trailblazer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband,” Hoonigan Racing said in a statement. “She will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.”

According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at 2 p.m. when Block was riding a snowmobile down a steep slope in Wasatch County, Utah.

The sheriff’s office said the snowmobile flipped over and landed on top of a block. He was later declared brought dead on the spot from the injuries sustained in the accident.

“Mr Block was traveling with a group, but was alone when the accident occurred,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.

“The State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death. We are saddened by the loss of Kenneth and our condolences to his deeply affected family and friends.

“We thank all of our first responders for their service,” he concluded.

Before beginning his career as a rally driver, Block co-founded the sportswear company DC Shoes in 1994, which has become one of the most recognized skatewear brands in the world.

He began racing in 2005 and made his debut on the FIA ​​World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit in Mexico two years later. He competed in 25 WRC events and won five X Games medals in rallycross between 2006 and 2015.

Ken Block And Alex Gelsomino Competing In The 2012 Wrc Rally Mexico.

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino competing in the 2012 WRC Rally Mexico.

“Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a true icon of our sport,” said Belgian rally driver Thierry Neuville. “A passionate runner and a true trailblazer who inspired so many of us. Rest in peace, friend. My condolences to the family and friends.”

Block also gained fame for the YouTube series Gymkhana in which he performed stunts and drifts at various locations in the United States and around the world. The videos were very popular, they had millions of views.

“Shocked by the passing of Ken Block. A genius who did so much for our sport,” former Formula One driver Jenson Button wrote on Twitter.

“He was a true visionary with his own unique style and an infectious smile. Our sport has lost one of the best today, but more importantly a great man.”

Block is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three children.

CNN’s Chris Boyett and Taylor Romine contributed reporting.

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