Ken Block, famed professional rally driver and the driving force behind the Hoonigan brand, has passed away at the age of 55 in a snowmobile accident on Monday. Block was a transcendent action sports star who competed in skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross events during his storied career. He was also famous for his Gymkhana series of extreme auto sports videos. His most recent video on his YouTube channel is the final part in a series where Block builds a drift car with his 16-year-old daughter, Lia.
Hoonigan posted the following statement to the brand Instagram account: “It’s with our 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. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.” TMZ reported Block had posted images of him snowmobiling in Utah to his personal Instagram page earlier on Monday.
Last last year, Audi announced that it would be working with Block on his next Gymkhana project, and the partnership would include building a completely custom EV for Block to pilot in his latest stunt-filled video. Block has previously worked with Subaru, Ford, and Audi on various rally and stunt projects over the decades, starting with an STI rally car in 2005. Block went on to build a wide assortment of fun and exciting project builds, including a Ford Raptor pickup with Trax and the Ford Mustang-based Hoonicorn V1 and V2.
Across the web, those who have worked with Block, along with his huge fanbase, have expressed their shock at the sudden loss. We ranked Block among the top 50 most influential industry figures in both 2015 and 2017, remarking that “no one can get America more excited about non-NASCAR motorsports than Ken Block,” and the same can still be said almost a decade later.
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