Ken Block, a professional rally driver who later rose to fame online for his risk-taking maneuvers behind the wheel, passed away at the age of 55. After his snowmobile overturned and fell on top of him in Utah, the member of the Hoonigan Racing Division was announced to be dead at the scene. His team Hoonigan Racing confirmed the news on Monday. They informed that Ken Block lost his life in an accident involving a snowmobile. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office in Utah, Block was riding on a steep slope when the snowmobile overturned and fell on top of him.
This sorrowful news shocked the fans. They shared their tribute and peace on Twitter. This new year has already seen two tragedies related to snow, and the year has only been three days old.
Gone too soon! Tributes pour for the late Ken Block!
Ken Block gained millions of fans on YouTube with his popular ‘Gymkhana’ stunt series. Several people have paid tribute to the Top Gear and YouTube star, who has been called ‘a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon’ by Hoonigan Motorsports. The company released a statement confirming the sad news of his passing. They announced on social media on Monday, January 2,
“It is with the deepest regret 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 a husband. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.”
Karen, a rally driver, led the tributes on social media, tweeting: “Can’t believe you are gone. In a blink of an eye. A legend, a father, and a husband. Will miss you so much.” Sir Chris Hoy, a former Olympic cyclist who is now a racing driver, shared a picture of himself with Block. “Shocked and devastated to hear the news this morning.”
Here are a few tweets shared by the fans:
This is a sad way to start the day, but some of my favorite videos on YouTube are of Ken Block and his supremely overpowered cars driving creatively around various environments. Ken died in a snowmobiling accident yesterday, and that’s very sad 😞 pic.twitter.com/iwRhcfhA8u
— Brandon (@BrandonCofran) January 3, 2023
Loved his Gymkhana videos.
Loved his driving and attitude behind the wheel.
Will forever miss him.
— Mizuki Hayashida (@HayashidaMizuki) January 3, 2023
It's hard to put into words my feelings over ken block's death.
It hard seeing someone you grew up with, seeing their videos. Thinking that was the coolest shit.
He leaves behind beloved family.
He died as he lived, living life to its fullest.
— 🏳️🌈Pizza Wolf 💙💛 (@pizzaw0lf) January 3, 2023
Sad how we only care when we see bad things happen. A former offensive lineman for the Jags died in his sleep on Friday, a race car drive Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident yesterday, a JC football player tragically died yesterday..but this is all we care about today.
— QUIZZ797979 (@quizz7979) January 3, 2023
It's such a shame to have to come to terms and face the fact that Ken Block has died. He was easily a massive inspiration to millions around the globe, and was a legend to the rally and drift community. I still can't believe it now. 2023 not off to a good start. R.I.P Ken B 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/Qm25rS4Xpb
— Josh_LB2008 (@JoshLb2008) January 3, 2023
“What a loss,” the photographer Auditya Venkatesh continued. “Thank you for bringing a sense of speed and excitement to a whole generation.” The unfortunate loss and the accident happened on Block’s ranch in Utah’s Wasatch County. Block, who started his career in rallying in 2005, also won the Rally America Championship’s Rookie of the Year award. He participated in the World Rally Championship and even earned to win multiple rallycross medals at the X Games.
Top Gear star killed in snowmobile accident!
We lost the gem. Ken Block is one of the few Americans who earned World Rally Championship points. In addition to his motorsports accomplishments, his social media presence also contributed to his notoriety. The WRC-FIA World Rally Championship expressed its condolences to Ken Block’s family and friends in a statement on its official Twitter account. Block was a fan of action sports and participated in motocross, skateboarding, driving UTVs, competitive snowboarding, and snowmobiling in addition to rally car racing, where he frequently placed on the podium.
With 7.5 million Instagram followers and 2 million YouTube subscribers, he was a well-known figure on social media. Together with his business partner Damon Way, he co-founded DC Shoes in 1994. Sadly, Ken Block left behind an exceptional legacy in the world of automobiles with the Hoonigan, the Gymkhana videos we all cherished and love, and so much more. We will sincerely miss him.
Rip Ken Block!