The Hoonigan founder and Gymkhana series stunt driver crashed on Monday, January 2.
Ken Block, rally driver, skateboarder, snowboarder, co-founder of Hoonigan Industries and DC Shoes, and the star of the Gymkhana series has died today, January 2, 2023, at the age of 55 following a snowmobile crash.
The tragic news has been confirmed in an official statement posted to Instagram by Hoonigan. The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office in Utah said that Block was riding on a snowmobile at around 2 PM on Monday when he encountered a steep slope and the vehicle suddenly upended and landed directly on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Mr. Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred," the sheriff's office said in a statement, adding, "we are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth, and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected." No other details are available at this time.
Block's team, Hoonigan, released a statement saying, "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."
Ken Block was one of the most famous rally car drivers in the world, competing at the highest levels since the mid-2000s. He finished on the podium many times over. He competed in other activities as well, such as motocross, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Over the past few years, he also became a social media star, amassing millions of followers from all over the world.
Along with business partner and designer Damon Way, he co-founded DC Shoes in 1994. Rally racing, competitive gymkhana, and showcasing modified examples of the Ford Fiesta, Audi S1, Ford Mustang, and the Porsche 911 were just some of the incredible highlights of his years-long career. While he never managed a championship title in any of the series he entered, his legacy is far stronger than those records, as he played a massive role in developing car culture, cementing his status as an automotive icon.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their three children. His 16-year-old daughter Lia recently entered her father's profession.
This is a developing story; we'll provide additional updates as more information becomes available. Our deepest condolences to Block's family and friends.