Rally car icon Ken Block died Monday in a snowmobile accident. he was 55 years old.
Brock’s company, Hoonigan Industries, announced his death in a social media post. The California native has become one of his most famous racers thanks to his success in rally cars, and he was also one of the co-founders of his DC shoe company.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon,” the company said in a statement. “And most importantly, his father and husband. He will be missed incredibly. Please respect the family’s privacy while they are grieving.”
Brock was snowmobiling in Utah on Monday. He posted the footage on social media earlier in the day.
In addition to rally cars, Brock also competed in motocross and skateboarding. He had his 16 wins in his 60 rally his America held from 2005 to his 2014, and at the X Games he won five medals. Brock said that from 2006 to 2008 he finished 3rd, 2nd and 3rd in Rallycross at the X Games. He is also one of the few Americans to score points in the World Rally Championship.
His success in motorsport was a big reason for his fame, but embracing social media made him a superstar. Block has nearly 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and more than 7 million followers on Instagram. His gymkhana his videos his series of videos are some of the most popular motorsport videos on the internet.
After building relationships with Ford and Subaru throughout his career, Bullock signed a deal with Audi in the fall in a deal designed to help the automaker promote its electric vehicles. His daughter, her 16-year-old Leah, is also a rally racer herself, and she competed in her first race when she was 11. Since beginning her career, Leah has competed in her father’s Hoonigan her racing.
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