According to his racing team and US media on Monday, US rally driver and YouTube sensation Ken Block died after the snowmobile he was riding overturned in Utah due to a steep slope.
“It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” Hoonigan Racing Division said. Block, 55, was reportedly riding a snowmobile on Monday afternoon when it “suddenly upended” and fell on top of him.
According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, he was declared dead at the scene. Block was alone when the accident happened. Earlier on Monday, he had uploaded images to his Instagram account.
Block, an action sports legend, started his rally driving career after the company he co-founded, DC Shoes in 1994, was sold 10 years after it was formed. His 10-part YouTube video series, Gymkhana, in which he performed stunt driving on perilous tracks and obstacle courses, helped him gain additional notoriety.
More than a billion people watched his videos, making his Hoonigan YouTube channel the most well-known in the annals of racing. Block also competed in motocross racing and snowboarding.