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Pro Rally Driver Ken Block Dies in Freak Snowmobile Accident

Ken Block was riding along with friends when the mishap happened

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

UNITED STATES: According to a statement on Instagram by the Hoonigan Racing team, pro rally car driver, YouTuber, and founder of Hoonigan, Ken Block, 55, died in a snowmobile accident. 

Block’s driving skills made him a YouTube sensation. The unfortunate incident occurred in Wasatch County, Utah, when Block was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope and got into an accident with the snowmobile landing on top of him. 

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Block was declared dead due to the grievous injuries he sustained in the accident. Notably, the rally racer was riding with a group, but he was alone at the time of the incident.

Hoonigan posted the news on their official Instagram handle: “It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today.”

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The company said Ken was a pioneer, a visionary, and an icon. They emphasised his role as a husband and father. “He will truly be missed.” “He will be unbelievably missed,” the company added in their Instagram post.

Ken Block began his pro rallying career in 2005, and the Rally America Championship named him the Rookie of the Year. 

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Ken Block also competed in the World Rally Championship and won numerous medals at the X Games for rallycross. 

The American also founded the athletic apparel company DC Shoes and the film series Gymkhana, in which he drove over dangerous roads and obstacle courses. The show has garnered millions of views on YouTube.

Ken Block turned into a web sensation after his video of him drifting and performing stunts circulated the web. More than one billion people watched the video. 

Later, Block’s Hoonigan grew in popularity to become the most popular motorsports channel ever. In addition, its Instagram handle, Hoonigan, has a sizable 4.4 million followers. Over 7.6 million people follow Block on the social media platform.

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