American rally and action sports star Ken Block has today passed away in a snow mobile accident in Utah.
His racing team, Hooligan Racing Division, has issued a statement confirming the death through through their Instagram account today.
“It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” it reads.
“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.”
At 55 years old Block had worked to become somewhat of a motorsport icon through his online media presence.
This followed a relatively successful rally and Rallycross career which included 24 WRC rallies, the most recent being 2018’s Rally Catalunya. He also competed in Rally New Zealand in 2007.
Block became somewhat of an X-games Rallycross regular from 2006 until 2015 and had also build up a cult following for his skateboarding, snowboarding and motocross exploits.
Gymkhana is one area which has made Block somewhat of a household name in motorsport, a series of videos released on his YouTube channel receiving millions of views.
Most recently, he released the Electrikhana video in October.
Block was also a co-founder of DC Shoes which has sponsored action sport events worldwide for nearly two decades.
You may also remember the American from one of his many appearances on Top Gear where he took a Reliant Robin to the Top Gear Test Track.
The loss of Block is one which will be felt across the motorsport community as a whole.
May he rest in peace.