Ken Block, professional rally driver and co-founder of DC Shoes, dies in a snowmobile accident at the age of 55

Professional rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident on Monday, his team Hoonigan Racing said. 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 missed incredibly. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time as they mourn.”

The accident happened around 2 p.m. while Block was driving a snowmobile down a steep slope in Wasatch County, Utah, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

The snowmobile overturned and landed on top of the block, the sheriff’s office said, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident.

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

“The Office of the State Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death. We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts go out to his family and friends.

“We thank all of our first responders for their continued service.”

Before starting his rallying career, Block co-founded sportswear company DC Shoes in 1994, which grew to become one of the most recognized skateboard apparel brands in the world.

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

“Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of a true icon of our sport,” said Belgian rally driver Thierry Neuville. “A passionate racer and true pioneer who has inspired so many of us. Rest in peace, buddy. All my sympathy goes to the family and friends.”

Block also gained fame through the YouTube series Gymkhana, in which he performed stunts and drifts in various locations in the United States and around the world. The videos proved extremely popular, garnering hundreds of millions of views.

“In shock at the death of Ken Block. Such talent that has done so much for our sport,” ex-Formula 1 driver Jenson Button wrote on Twitter.

“He was a true visionary with his own unique style & contagious smile. Our sport lost one of its best today, but more importantly, a great man.”

Block leaves behind his wife Lucy and three children.

The CNN Wire
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