9Rally Ken Block car driving champ, Ken Block, has died on the age of 55 after a snowmobile accidentCredit: Getty
9The action sports famous person shared a photo of him snowboarding at his ranch in UtahCredit: Instagram/@kblock43
9Pictures shared through local police of the snowmobile crashCredit: Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office
“Ken became a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most significantly, a father and husband,” the team said in a assertion.
He changed into world-respected rally and stunt motive force.
And he reached whole new legion of lovers thanks to his antics on social media and Top Gear.
Top Gear reboot host Matt LeBlanc published a touching tribute on Instagram.
“So saddened via the lack of Ken Block. A proper expertise and buddy taken a ways too quickly,” he wrote.
“You can be missed by way of all who had the satisfaction of assembly you my buddy.”
Alex Renton, govt manufacturer of Top Gear, told The Sun Online: “Ken changed into a trailblazer inside the car enterprise.
“We had the pride to work with Ken on several events over the years and his contributions have been continually so memorable and thrilling for our target market.
“We were honoured to have had the risk to work with him and study from him.”
The horror coincidence came about on Block’s ranch in northern Utah.
Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office said he became riding on a steep slope whilst the snowmobile flipped over and landed on pinnacle of him.
The motion sports big name changed into at his ranch sharing pics of the snow-protected state on Instagram early Monday morning.
One of his recent posts suggests some snowmobiles protected in snow.
He had been performing stunts on a snowmobile last week in Idaho – and even then Ken Block admitted its power had taken him by means of marvel.
“Lots of electricity up at high elevations, and wheelies all day! Epic early season powder, and an brilliant first day. Wheelies, deep pow turns, and numerous getting to know on this new sled – precise times,” he wrote.
And he had been snowmobiling in Utah as he saved fans updated on Instagram.
On Monday, hours before his dying, he wrote: “It’s been DUMPING snow in Park City, Utah this week with greater forecasted for the weekend, and we wouldn’t be capable of make it out to the ranch without the @SkiDoo sleds and @KubotaUSA equipment to clean the manner!
“Can’t wait to peer how a good deal extra powder stacks up over the next few days.”
Block have become one of the most famous Rally vehicle drivers inside the global after he commenced competing in 2005.
He landed Rookie of the Year in his first season inside the Rally America Championship.
The rally car celebrity made many typical wins and podium appearances.
Block additionally competed in motocross, skateboarding, and other movement sports.
He become recognized to British fanatics after performing in several episodes of Top Gear.
In the Ken Block first, he starred alongside James May as ‘Captain Slow’ partnered with him in his Subaru for a rally level around Inyokern Airport in California.
And in the 2nd he was challenged with the aid of Jeremy Clarkson to drive a three-wheeled Reliant Robin around the take a look at music – however he rolled it at the primary nook and escaped unhurt.
May paid tribute to dam on Twitter and percentage a hyperlink to their airfield rally video.
“RIP Ken Block, with thanks for a few hilarious days out,” he wrote.
9Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc paid tribute to Ken
9Ken Block drives a huge-eyed James May round a rally level
9Block jumps his rally vehicle over a ramp throughout a stunt on Top Gear
Top Gear additionally saw him race towards Ken Block F1 champ Lewis Hamilton at a live occasion in Barbados.
Hamilton pitted his Mercedes F1 automobile in opposition to Block’s Hoonigan rallycross automobile in the front of a huge crowd.
Block drifted around the dusty off street course whilst Lewis threaded his car via a close-by tarmac track.
In 2016, he seemed in an episode of the rebooted collection of Top Gear, driving around London with host and previous Ken Block Friends celebrity Matt LeBlanc.
The episode later sparked controversy after it was revealed the pair executed doughnuts, burnouts, and wheelspins at the streets of the capital, leaving blackened tyre streaks along Whitehall near the Cenotaph memorial.
In the face of the debate, the BBC later apologised and the Cenotaph pictures became by no means aired.
Block also co-founded the skating style brand DC Shoes in 1994 along with his business companion Damon Way.
Later, he became an internet sensation, introducing a brand new technology of enthusiasts to his brilliant stunts.
Block produced the Gymkhana video series, which featured him using on dangerous tracks and obstacle guides.
The series racked up millions of perspectives on Youtube.
Ken leaves at the back of his wife Lucy and his daughter Lia, 16, – who is additionally a driver, and two other kids.
The world of motorsport is likewise mourning Block, with 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button main tributes.
“Such a expertise that did a lot for our recreation. He was a real visionary with his personal particular style & infectious smile,” stated Jenson.
“Our recreation misplaced one of the nice nowadays however extra importantly a splendid man.”
Block became additionally a famous parent on social media, with greater than 7.6million followers on Instagram and Ken Block 2million on YouTube.
Ken Block id=”ext-gen91″>He additionally co-founded DC Shoes with enterprise companion Damon Way in 1994.
And only some months in the past he signed a new deal with Audi to promote the auto corporation’s electric powered automobiles.
Speaking to The Sun simply after his debatable Cenotaph stunt, Block spoke approximately ageing.
“I’m growing old – dealing with the worry is getting more and more hard,” he stated.
“In the past yr I’ve finished two of the maximum risky matters I’ve accomplished, that is sliding at the threshold of a cliff at Pike’s Peak for Climbkhana and sliding the car with a part of the wheel off the threshold of a dock for Gymkhana 9.
“It takes a number of nerve to do this stuff, specifically while you’re coping with a huge vehicle and putting it inside inches, it can be pretty hard sometimes.
“It’s part of what Ken Block makes this such a large thrill for me. I started it as it honestly became a dream come proper.”
9Block was regarded to UK audiences for his appearances on Top Gear
9A Top Gear stunt proposing Ken Block outside London’s St Ken Block Paul’s CathedralCredit: PA:Press Association
9Block made many common wins and podium appearances as a Rally car driverCredit: AFP