Caleb Moore dies after snowmobiling crash during Winter X Games
Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore has passed away. The 25-year-old sustained injuries while doing a flip in a snowmobile at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. on Jan. 24 and was placed in critical condition following the crash.
Moore was walking after the crash, but it was later revealed that he suffered a concussion and experienced complications with bleeding in his brain and around his heart. Family spokesperson Chelsea Lawson confirmed Moore's death on Jan. 31.
"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," his family says in a statement. "The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for all the prayers and support they have received from all the fans, friends and family around the world that Caleb has inspired."
This is the first death in the 17 years of the X Games. Moore was the first to perform in the freestyle snowmobile competition that day. It has been determined that he fell short on his rotation and clipped the top of the jump, which led to his crash. After being knocked off the vehicle, the skis of the sled landed on Moore as he fell down the competition ramp.
"We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore's passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten, and the entire Moore family," ESPN, which hosts the X Games, says in a statement. "He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community. As a result of this accident we will conduct a thorough review of this discipline and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games."