Motorsport Star Ken Block Dies After Snowmobile Accident grandadventures/ Pixabay

Rally driver Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident after the snowmobile he was driving suddenly upended and landed on top of him on Monday, Jan. 2.

Action sports legend Ken Block, 55, the co-founder of DC Shoes and Hoonigan Racing, died near his home in Utah after Block's snowmobile landed on top of him when he rode on a steep slope at around 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. Block was pronounced dead on scene due to injuries he suffered during the accident, TMZ reported.

"Mr. Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected."

Block, a rally car driving champion, co-founded DC Shoes in 1984, before selling the skateboard brand in 2004. Block then made the conversion from marketing executive to one of the most well-known names in Motorsports.

Block was one of the most famous Rally car drivers in the world. He competed in matches since the mid-2000s, finishing on the podium dozens of times. However, Block didn't just drive rally cars. He also competed in motocross and skateboarding, amongst other action sports. He was also a competitive snowboarder. Block reportedly won 23 rally races at the National level, and only narrowly lost the 2022 American Rally Championship, Fox News reported.

Block was also a five-time X Games medalist in RallyCross.

Block's team, Hoonigan's YouTube channel became the most popular channel in Motorsports history and has amassed over one billion page views.

"We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected. We thank all of our first responders for their continued service," Utah's Wasatch County Sheriff's Office wrote following Block's death.

"Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon. And most importantly, a father and a husband. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family's privacy at this time while they grieve," Hoonigan noted of Block.

Block is survived by his wife Lucy and 3 children. Block's 16-year-old daughter Lia is also a driver.

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