Rally Car Driver and YouTube Star Ken Block Dies in Snowmobile Accident at 55

Ken Block, a professional rally car driver and YouTube star known for his "Gymkhana" videos, died in a snowmobile accident in Utah on Monday at the age of 55. The news was confirmed in a statement from his company, Hoonigan.

"It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today," the statement read. "Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed."

According to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, Block was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope when the snowmobile flipped over, landing on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred.

Block's "Gymkhana" video series, which featured his stunt driving skills, has generated over 550 million views to date. He started the series "as a simple way for KB to hone his rally driving skills," according to the Hoonigan website.

Block co-founded DC Shoes, an action sports footwear and apparel brand, in 1994 and sold the company a decade later. He then began his career as a professional rally car driver and was crowned the Rally America rookie of the year in 2005. He finished second overall in 2006, 2008, and 2013, and won five medals at the X Games between 2006 and 2013. Block was also the first American to drive in the World Rally Championship.

Block is survived by his wife Lucy and their three children.

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