Rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block dies in snowmobile accident | Rallying

Professional rally driver Ken Block later became an internet sensation with his daring stunt behind the wheel.

“It is with great regret that I was able to confirm today that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident,” Hoonigan said in a statement posted to Instagram on Monday.

“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, an icon, and most importantly a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”

The accident occurred in Wasatch County, Utah. According to the local sheriff’s office, Block was driving up a steep slope when the snowmobile landed on top of it upside down.

“He was injured in the accident and was confirmed dead at the scene,” they said in a statement, adding that he was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred.

Brock started his rallying career in 2005 and was named Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship. He competed in the World Rally Championship and won several rallycross his medals at the X Games.

The American also co-founded the sportswear company DC Shoes and produced a gymkhana video series. The series has amassed millions of views on YouTube.

In 2016, he appeared in an episode of the BBC’s rebooted Top Gear, driving around London with actor and host Matt LeBlanc. The appearance became controversial when it was revealed that Brock and LeBlanc performed donuts, wheelspins and burnouts, leaving blackened tire streaks above and below Whitehall near the monument containing the cenotaph. finished.

The BBC later apologized and the footage containing the memorial was never broadcast.

Reuters contributed to this report

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