Professional rally driver Ken Block has died after being involved in a snowmobile accident in Wasatch, Utah. The 55-year-old Californian was a YouTube star where he shared videos of his daring stunts behind the wheel and the news of his death has shocked everyone who knew him.
"It is with our deepest regret that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away today in a snowmobile accident," his team The Hoonigans said in a statement on Instagram. "Ken was a visionary, a trailblazer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be sorely missed."
The Wasatch sheriff's office, where the accident occurred, said Ken Block was riding on a steep incline when the snowmobile flipped over and fell on top of him.
"He was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident," they said in a statement, adding that he was traveling in a group but was alone when the accident occurred.
Having started his rally career in 2005, Ken Block was named Rookie of the Year at the Rally America Championship. He competed in the World Rally Championship and won several rallycross medals at X Games.
The American also co-founded the sportswear company DC Shoes and produced the Gymkhana video series, which featured him driving on dangerous tracks and obstacle courses. The series racked up millions of views on YouTube.