How did Ken Block die? Legendary rally car racer, 55, died in tragic snowmobile accident
WASATCH, UTAH: Rally car driving champion Ken Block has died at the age of 55 after a snowmobile accident in Utah. Wasatch County Sheriff's Office has revealed that Block was riding a snowmobile on Monday, January 2, at around 2 pm on a steep slope when the accident happened. The officials pronounced him dead on the scene as he succumbed to his injuries. Block competed in many action sports events, including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. He took to his Instagram to share some snaps from Utah before the tragic accident.
The sherrif's office shared a statement with TMZ saying, "Mr. Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred. We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected." The 55-year-old rally legend was also the founder of DC Shoes. Hoonigan Industries confirmed Block's death and issued a statement, "It's with 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."
How did Ken Block die?
Wasatch County Sheriff's Office explained that Block lost control of the vehicle and it tipped over and landed on top of him. Any other details were not made public. Block was an action sports star who revolutionized sports marketing and motorsports filmmaking. Within five years, he became a prominent member of the World Rally and Rally America and a five-time X Games medalist in RallyCross. Block harnessed a massive following throughout his social media with 7.7 million followers on his Instagram.
Steve Arpin, Block's teammate in the Nitro RallyCross series, told ESPN, "Ken was a legend in his ability to take a vision and make it a reality. 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." He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their 16-year-old daughter Lia.