The DC Shoes and Hoonigan Industries founder, Ken Block, passed away after his snowmobile upended alongside a steep slide on Monday. He was 55.
“It’s with deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” Hoonigan Industries wrote in a statement issued on Instagram. “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
The company concluded its statement with the sentiment, “Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.”
According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office FaceBook, Utah State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service responded to reports of a snowmobile accident at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Monday. In their press release, the county department shared that the historic athletic figure was “pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident.”
“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected,” the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office added in their Facebook post.
Alongside founding the legendary skate company DC shoes with a partner in 1994, Block went on to tell the company in 2004 and became a successful rally car driver. During his driving career, he was a five-time X Games medalist in RallyCross and gained a large following on YouTube after he began posting his stunts. Today, he has over 1 billion views on his Hoonigan channel.
Close friends discuss the tragic death of Ken Block
“Ken was a legend in his ability to take a vision and make it a reality,” Nitro RallyCross series teammate Steve Arpin told ESPN in an interview that addressed Block’s death. “He created an industry. But if you were lucky enough to know him, that’s where the best parts of Ken surfaced. He treated his friends like gold and would create opportunities for whoever wanted to put in the work.:
“He was everything this world needs more of, and just happened to do a lot of really cool stuff on the side,” Arpin added.
Action sports icon Travis Pastrana also discussed Block’s death with ESPN, noting that the driver was finally having his life come together. “This year, Ken was so happy. At the races, he was happy to be racing with Lucy and to have his daughter racing and to have his kids at most of the races,” he said. “Few people get to the point in their lives where everything comes together, and to have it all taken away like this is devastating.”
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