Who was Ken Block?
Ken Block was a professional rally driver, stunt performer, entrepreneur, and YouTube sensation. He was the co-founder of DC Shoes, a popular skateboard and snowboard brand, and Hoonigan, a motorsport and lifestyle company. He was also known for his Gymkhana video series, which showcased his incredible driving skills and stunts in various locations around the world. He had millions of fans and followers on social media, who admired his passion, creativity, and talent. He competed in several rally championships, such as the World Rally Championship, the Global RallyCross Championship, and the Nitro RallyCross series.
What happened to Ken Block?
Ken Block tragically died on January 2, 2023, when he was involved in a snowmobile accident near his ranch in Woodland, Utah. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, he was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope when the vehicle upended, landing on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained.
He was with a group of friends at the time of the accident, but he was alone when it happened. His friends tried to help him, but it was too late.
Hoonigan Industries confirmed his death in a statement on Instagram, saying: “It’s with deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband.
How did the world react to Ken Block’s death?
The news of Ken Block’s death shocked and saddened the world, especially the automotive and motorsport communities. Many people paid tribute to him on social media, expressing their condolences and admiration. Some of the prominent figures who mourned his loss were:
- Travis Pastrana, a fellow rally driver and action sports star, who said: “Ken was so happy. At the races, he was happy to be racing with [his wife] Lucy and to have his daughter racing and to have his kids at most of the races.
- Steve Arpin, Ken’s teammate in the Nitro RallyCross series, who said: “Ken was a legend in his ability to take a vision and make it a reality. He created an industry. But if you were lucky enough to know him, that’s where the best parts of Ken surfaced. He treated his friends like gold and would create opportunities for whoever wanted to put in the work.
- Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula One world champion, who said: “I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Ken Block. He was such a legend in the motorsport world and inspired so many people with his amazing videos and driving skills. He was always so kind and humble whenever I met him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
- DC Shoes, the company that Ken co-founded, who said: “We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of our co-founder, Ken Block. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and a legend. He changed the game of action sports and inspired generations of athletes and fans. He will always be a part of the DC family and his legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace, Ken.”
What is the legacy of Ken Block?
Ken Block will be remembered as one of the greatest rally drivers and stunt performers of all time, who pushed the boundaries of what was possible with a car. He will also be remembered as a successful entrepreneur, a creative genius, and a generous mentor. He will be missed by his family, friends, fans, and colleagues, who will cherish his memory and honor his legacy. Ken Block’s death is a huge loss for the rally world and the action sports culture. Rest in peace, Ken.