American car racing daredevil and YouTube star Ken Block dead at 55

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American pro rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block is dead.

The 55-year-old known globally for his boisterous driving and nerve wrecking stunts died after a snowmobile accident in Wasatch County, Utah in the US on Monday night.

His death has been confirmed by his Hoonigan Racing team.

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

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“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 at this time while they grieve,” Hoonigans wrote on twitter.

Driving a Tuthill-sponsored Porsche 911, Block lit up last year’s East African Safari Classic Rally (EASCR) held in Kenya, topped the leaderboard on Day One after clocking 2:35:52.7.

He was however forced out of the rally after his car developed mechanical problems.

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