Ken Block, Youtube star and American racing hero, passed away at the age of 55 after being involved in a snowmobile accident in Utah.
Ken Block became known all over the world for his “Gymkhana” video series that he posted on YouTube. He had previously competed as a rally driver in series such as Rally America and Global Rallycross.
Nearly two million people signed up to see the ten-part series in which he challenged himself to do dangerous racing challenges.
Block was also a co-founder of the DC Shoes company, which specializes in skate-wear gear.
In a post published on Monday on Instagram, Hoonigan Industries, another apparel brand that he owned, shared the sad news that its founder had passed away.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
According to a post made on Facebook by the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Block was climbing a steep hill in the county of Wasatch, Utah, on a snowmobile when the machine flipped over and landed on top of him.
Due to the severity of the injuries he had incurred, he was declared dead at the spot.
The news of his death was made public a day after it was reported that the American actor Jeremy Renner had been seriously hurt while shoveling snow outside of his house in Nevada while using a snow blower.
He was a competitor in a variety of action sports such as motocross, skateboarding, and snowboarding.
But Block found a new lease on life on YouTube, where millions of people watched him drive a variety of cars across hazardous tracks and obstacle courses.
In addition to being featured in four different EA Sports racing video games, he appeared twice on the Top Gear show on the BBC. Lucy, his wife, and their three children are the only people who will survive Block.