LAmerican rally driver Ken Block, a YouTube star best known for his spectacular stunts behind the wheel of race cars in urban settings, was killed while snowmobiling in Utah, his sports team announced Monday. “It is with our deepest regret that we can confirm that Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident,” the Hoonigan racing division said on its website.
“Ken Block was riding a snowmobile on a steep hill when the vehicle overturned and landed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene,” the local sheriff’s office said on Facebook. Co-founder of footwear brand DC Shoes in 1994, Block, 55, began his career as a rally driver after selling his company 10 years later, without ever being part of the sport’s elite.
One billion views
He was best known for posting a series of videos on YouTube of him driving rally cars, doing stunts on dangerous tracks and obstacle courses. According to the American sports channel ESPN, his videos have been viewed over a billion times, and his Hoonigan YouTube channel has become the most popular in motorsports history.