Ken Block, a professional race car driver, was killed this past Monday out in Utah as a result of a snowmobile accident, explained a report from local law enforcement officials. He was 55 years old at the time of his death.
The sheriff’s office for Wasatch County stated that they had gotten a phone call concerning a snowmobile crash located in the area of Mill HOllow at roughly 2 p.m. local time.
“The driver, Kenneth Block, 55-year-old male out of Park City, Utah, was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope when the snowmobile upended, landing on top of him,” released police officials in a statement. “He was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident.”
officials with the police stated that Block had been riding along with a group but had split off just before the accident took place.
I’m speechless. Another legend gone entirely too soon. Ken Block was an incredibly huge inspiration to myself and so many others in the car community. He will definitely be missed. #RIP #KenBlock pic.twitter.com/ItNvzV4F9A
— Gavin Trace Simon (@itsjusta6_) January 3, 2023
An announcement was made public by Hoonigan Industries, which was co-founded by Block, explaining the nature of his death in a post to social media.
“It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” the statement explained. “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.”
Block was well known for co-founding the insanely popular skate shoe company DC Shoes prior to taking up the mantle of a professional rally car driver. His extremely outgoing and likable personality resulted in the inclusion of a much larger audience for the sport along with a number of his racing videos managing to bring in millions of views on YouTube.
The man is survived by his wife and their three children.
Block shared a number of pictures from his ranch located in Utah just a scant few days ago which featured pictures of the snowmobiles, however, it is still unclear if any of the pictured vehicles were used in the accident.
“This is how some mornings at my ranch in Utah look this time of year – freshly coated with snow!” stated Block on social media. “Luckily we have the Ski-doo sleds, @CanAm Mavericks (one on tracks!) and Defender, and the Kubota machinery to dig us out and keep the property maintained.”
This is how some mornings at my ranch in Utah look this time of year – freshly coated with snow! Luckily we have the Ski-doo sleds, @CanAm Mavericks (one on tracks!) and Defender, and the Kubota machinery to dig us out and keep the property maintained. pic.twitter.com/LXJG1A6yPr
— Ken Block (@kblock43) December 29, 2022