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American motorsport driver dies in snowmobile accident

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American motorsport legend and YouTube star Ken Block has died in a snowmobile accident in Utah at the age of 55.

Block’s Hoonigan Racing team confirmed his death in a statement on Instagram on Monday.

The statement read, “It is with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block has passed away in a snowmobile accident today.

“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly a father and a husband. He will be incredibly missed.

“Please respect the family’s privacy this time as they grieve.”

Block was a competitive rally driver in series such as Rally America and Global Rallycross. He was mostly known for his “Gymkhana” video series on YouTube.

The 10-part series, in which he performed daring racing feats, earned him nearly two million subscribers according to the BBC.

Block also co-founded the skate-wear clothing brand DC Shoes.

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