We are saddened by the news that Ken Block passed away today. He was 55. Confirmation of his death comes from Hoonigan’s Instagram account on January 2, which announced that Block was involved in a snowmobile accident. The post reads:

“It is 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.”


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Block was a co-founder of DC Shoes and raced in Rally America starting in 2005, most notably behind the wheel of Subaru’s WRX STI. He co-founded Hoonigan with Brian Scotto and continued his rally racing career in the World Rally Championship and also competed in FIA World Rallycross.

The car world at large took notice of Block after his Gymkhana videos became viral smash hits starting in 2008. His gymkhana-style driving, seemingly always on the edge, was a contrast to his calm demeanor and poise behind the wheel.

Ken Block Audi portrait

Photos: Audi

In 2010, Block began partnering with Ford Performance—a relationship that would last 11 years and involve a wide range of outrageous Mustang, Focus, Fiesta, and F-150 builds. Most recently Block worked with Audi, including the all-electric “S1 Hoonitron.”

In addition to his automotive exploits, Block competed in skateboarding, motocross, and snowboarding events.

An entire generation has been inspired by Block’s incredible driving and positive attitude. Our thoughts are with Block’s family and friends at this time.