Ken Block, founder of Hoonigan Racing and DC Shoes, dies in snowmobile accident: NPR

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Ken Block, pictured at the 2017 World Rallycross Championship in Barcelona, ​​Spain, died yesterday in a snowmobile accident, his company said.

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Ken Block, pictured at the 2017 World Rallycross Championship in Barcelona, ​​Spain, died yesterday in a snowmobile accident, his company said.

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Action sports legend Ken Block, founder of DC Shoes and Hoonigan Racing, died Monday at age 55 after a snowmobile accident.

Huonigan first announced his death on social media. The Watash County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed that Block was driving a snowmobile near his Utah home around 2:00 p.m. when he attempted to climb a steep hill and the craft fell on top of him. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.

“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. Most importantly, a father and a husband,” Hunigan wrote in a statement. “He will be greatly missed.”

Block founded popular skateboard and footwear brand DC Shoes in 1984, building the brand into a global success through strategic sponsorships and athlete endorsements.

After selling the company for $87 million in 2004, he became a rally car legend, winning 16 national titles in the sport from 2005 to 2014.

He also won five X Games medals and was one of four Americans to score points in the World Rally Championship.

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