Pro-rally driver and co-founder of automobile content company Hoonigan Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident on Monday. Hoonigan and local authorities confirmed Block’s death after his accident occurred in Utah's Wasatch County. The American also co-founded the sportswear company DC Shoes.
Addressing the incident, the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office stated that Block was riding on a steep slope in the Mill Hollow area outside Woodland at around 2:00 pm local time when the snowmobile turned upside down and landed on top of him. After the crash, Block was declared dead on the spot as the injuries he suffered in the accident were extremely critical.
Hoonigan released a statement addressing Ken Block’s death talking about how the 55-year-old was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon and he will be missed by countless people. The statement also requested fans to respect Block family’s privacy.
“It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family's privacy at this time while they grieve,” the statement read.
Ken Block started his rallying career in 2015 and took home Rookie of the year in the Rally America Championship. He then took part in the World Rally Championship and went on to win multiple rallycross medals at the X Games. More recently, he was associated with German Automaker Audi & Porsche.
Talking about his content creation journey, Ken Block posted the first 10 Gymkhana videos on YouTube in 2008 which became instantly viral. Since then, the Block grew into a household name in the car community and was beloved for his crazy and over-the-top stunts. Along with cars, the 55-year-old was hugely interested in a variety of winter sports like snowboarding, driving UTVs, and snowmobiling. Block is survived by his wife & 3 children.