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Ken Block, A Rally Driver & YouTube Celebrity, Dies In A Snowmobile Accident

January 3, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


Block gained popularity outside of rallies by posting internet footage of his daring acts.

Ken Block, a professional rally driver who subsequently rose to fame online for his risky on-track antics, passed away at the age of 55 following a snowmobile accident, according to his organisation Hoonigan Racing.

Hoonigan released a statement on Monday that was shared on Instagram. “It is with the utmost grief that we can report that Ken Block went tragically in a snowmobile accident today,” the statement said.

“Ken was a pioneer, an icon, and a visionary. And last but not least, a husband and father. Extremely, he will be missed.

Wasatch County in Utah is where the incident took place. Block was travelling on a steep hill, according to the local sheriff’s office, when the snowmobile overturned and fell on top of him.

He was riding alone but in a group when the accident happened, they added, and “he was pronounced deceased at the spot from injuries incurred in the accident.”

Block started his rallying career in 2005 and won the Rally America Championship’s Rookie of the Year award. He participated in the World Rally Championship and took home multiple gold for rallycross at the X Games.

The American created the Gymkhana film series, in which he drove over perilous roads and obstacle courses, as well as the athletic apparel firm DC Shoes. On YouTube, the series received millions of views.

He made an episode of the BBC’s newly revived Top Gear in 2016, travelling about London with presenter and actor Matt LeBlanc. When it was reported that Block and LeBlanc had executed burnouts, wheelspins, and doughnuts while driving along Whitehall near monuments like the Cenotaph, the debate surrounding their presence came to a head.

Later, the BBC acknowledged, and the Cenotaph film was never shown.


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