Ken Block di*d in a snowmobile accid*nt. He was a sports marketing executive who took the wheel for himself and became a famous pro race driver and YouTube stuntman. He was 55.
The company he helped start, Hoonigan, and the sheriff’s office in Wasatch County, Utah, both said that he had di*d. Mr. Block, who lives in Park City, Utah, was driving a snowmobile down a steep slope at around 2 p.m.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the man di*d “when the snowmobile upended, landing on top of him,” At the scene, he was said to be dead.
The sheriff’s office said that he was with a group but was alone when the crash happened. The reason for de@th will be found by the office of the state medical examiner.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon,” Hoonigan said in a statement. “And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
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Mr. Block co-founded DC Shoes, an action sports brand, in 1994. He sold the company in 2004 and started driving, quickly becoming one of the faces of the racing. In 2005, he was the Rally America Rookie of the Year.
In 2006, 2008, and 2013, he came in second overall. Between 2006 and 2013, he also won five medals at the X Games. He was also the first American to drive in the World Rally Championship.
But it was his series of “Gymkhana” videos on YouTube that got him the most attention. In these videos, he did dangerous stunts that anyone who liked cars could find exciting.
One video from 2012 that has been watched more than 110 million times showed Mr. Block in a closed-down San Francisco, drifting between train cars and getting air as he drove a 650-horsepower Ford Fiesta over the city’s hills.
He helped start a new leisure brand called Hoonigan in 2011. (The company defines a Hoonigan as “a person who operates a motor vehicle in an aggressive and unorthodox manner, consisting of, but not limited to, drifting, burnouts, doughnuts as well as acts of automotive aeronautics.”)