former pilot Ken Block dies crushed by his snowmobile

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Ken Block, 55, committed suicide while in Utah. In addition to his driving skills, he was a big name in extreme sports and an inspired businessman. He had become popular for his ‘Gymkhana’ videos, in which he performed spectacular tricks in the car.

The rally world is in mourning on Tuesday January 3 after the announcement of the death of Ken Block, 55. The American, 25 WRC start in the 2010s, died in dramatic circumstances: he was run over by his snowmobile during an outing in Utah.

According to a Facebook post shared by local police, Ken Block was “driving down a steep hill when the snowmobile flipped over and landed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene of injuries sustained in the accident.”

Shortly after the painful announcement, many flocked, most notably that of Estonian Ott Tänak, WRC 2019 World Champion, who speaks of him as a “visionary” and “a legend”.

Our sport lost a great man today. Ken was a visionary and a true legend who inspired so many of us. Rest in peace, Ken!#GymkhanaForever

— Ott Tanak (@OttTanak) January 3, 2023

And for good reason: A talented pilot, Ken Block was also an inspired and seasoned businessman. In the 1990s, he co-founded the skateboarding and extreme sports brand DC Shoes.

He is also known to younger generations for his ‘Gymkhana’ videos: series on YouTube in which he impersonates himself, drives rally cars and leads them through spectacular courses.

Sequences that have registered millions of views over several years.


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