Update: It was recently announced that the World Rally Championship will retire #43 for the 2023 racing season in respect to Ken Block, one of the most prominent drivers ever to compete in the WRC. Block had raced in the series for over two decades, recording multiple event victories and dozens of individual stage wins along the way.
The gearhead community is reeling with the news that one of the biggest names in professional motorsports, Ken Block, has died tragically in a snowmobile accident.
Word quickly spread via social media that Block passed with this official statement from Hoonigan:
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
A crossover celebrity athlete who excelled at motocross, skateboarding, and other high-profile sports, Ken Block soon found a home in the cockpit of a rally car, ultimately developing the popular Hoonigan brand and showcasing his driving skill in the legendary Gymkhana video series.
Block was 55 years old.