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Ken Block dead: Rally car driver, YouTube ‘Gymkhana’ star was 55

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Ken Block, a pro rally driver who rose to Internet fame with his amazing “gymkhana” stunt videos on YouTube, died Monday in a snowmobile accident in Utah. He was 55.

The death of Block, who lived in Park City, Utah, was confirmed in a statement by his company Hoonigan.

“It is with our deepest sadness that we can confirm that Ken Block died today in a snowmobile accident,” the company’s statement said Monday. “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”

According to a statement from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 2, at 2 p.m., the Wasatch County 911 Center received a call reporting a snowmobile accident in the Mill Hollow area. According to the statement, Block was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope “when the snowmobile went uphill, landing on top of him. He was declared dead on the spot due to injuries sustained in the accident.” According to the Wasatch Country Sheriff’s Office, Block was riding with a group but was alone at the time of the crash.

According to the Hoonigan website, Block’s “Gymkhana” video series has generated more than 550 million views to date. He started the stunt-driving series “as an easy way for KB to hone his rally driving skills,” according to the company.

Block co-founded the action sports footwear and apparel brand DC Shoes in 1994 and sold the company 10 years later, after which he began his career as a professional rally-car driver. He was crowned Rally America Rookie of the Year in 2005 and finished second overall in 2006, 2008 and 2013. Block also won five medals at the X Games between 2006-13 and was the first American to drive in the World Rally Championship. .

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

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