Ken Block, a professional racing driver, and YouTube star died in a snowmobile accident on Monday, according to a statement from his Hoonigan Racing team. He was 55.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband,” Hoonigan Racing said in a statement. “He 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 happened at 2 p.m. when Block was riding a sled down a steep hill in Wasatch County, Utah.
“Mr. Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred,” a statement from the Sherriff’s Office said.
“The State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death. We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected.
“We thank all of our first responders for their continued service.”
The Sheriff’s Office said Block’s snowmobile flipped over and landed on him. He was later declared dead at the accident scene from injuries he got.
Before he started rally driving, Block co-founded the sportswear company D.C. Shoes in 1994. D.C. Shoes is now one of the world’s most well-known names for skateboarding clothes.
He started rallying in 2005, and two years later, in 2007, he raced in Mexico for the first time in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Between 2006 and 2015, he started 25 WRC races and won five Rally Cross X Games medals.
Block also became well-known for the YouTube series Gymkhana, in which he did driving tricks and slides in different places in the U.S. and worldwide. The videos were a big hit and were seen by hundreds of millions.
“In shock at the passing of Ken Block. Such a talent that did so much for our sport,” ex-Formula One driver Jenson Button wrote on Twitter.
“He was a true visionary with his own unique style & infectious smile. Our sport lost one of the best today but more importantly a great man.”
In shock at the passing of Ken Block.
Such a talent that did so much for our sport. He was a true visionary with his own unique style & infectious smile.
Our sport lost one of the best today but more importantly a great man.
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) January 3, 2023
His wife, Lucy, and three children will miss him. In his last Facebook post on Monday, Mr. Block said that on Tuesday, he would post a video of his 16-year-old daughter Lia taking apart, putting back together, and driving a vintage Audi.
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