In addition to his career in rally cars, Block has gained worldwide fame with his viral Gymkhana series on YouTube, which has amassed hundreds of millions of views.
WASHINGTON. Action sports legend and rally star Ken Block died Monday in a snowmobile accident, the Hoonigans Racing Team said. He was 55.
“It is with deepest regret that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away today as a result of a snowmobile accident,” the team shared. “Ken was a visionary, pioneer and icon. And, most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
According to the local sheriff’s office, the accident happened around 2:00 p.m. Monday while Block was driving a snowmobile up a steep hill in Wasatch County, Utah.
The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office said Block’s snowmobile “rolled over” and landed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said Blok was traveling with the group, but the accident was one.
“The State Medical Examiner’s Office will establish the official cause of death,” the sheriff said in a statement. “We are saddened by the news of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are deeply touched by his family and friends.”
Just hours before the incident, Block posted photos of snow piled up on his ranch in Park City, Utah, on his Instagram story.
Before entering rally racing, Block co-founded DC Shoes. After selling the company in 2004, he moved into the world of motorsport.
His rallying career began in 2005 and he won the Rookie of the Year award in his debut season in the American Rally Championship. He went on to earn five X Games medals.
Block also gained worldwide fame with his viral Gymkhana series on YouTube, which has amassed hundreds of millions of views.
Blok is survived by his wife and three children.