Drivers across the motorsport world have shared their shock at the sudden death of rallying star Ken Block yesterday.
Block’s inventive and expertly-crafted displays of precision, high-speed drifting and outrageous stunts won him a huge following. He translated his skills into motor racing, competing in the World Rally Championship and World Rallycross Championship.
His death yesterday in a snowmobile accident has prompted a stunned reaction from racers.
“In shock at the passing of Ken Block,” said Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button on social media. “Such a talent that did so much for our sport. He was a true visionary with his own unique style and infectious smile.
“Our sport lost one of the best today but more importantly a great man. Sending love and hugs to the Block family.”
Button’s fellow world champion Fernando Alonso called Block a “legend of our sport.”
The 55-year-old’s death was confirmed by his company Hoonigan Industries. “It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” it said in a statement.
“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.”
IndyCar driver Conor Daly said Block was “my hero” and “the reason a Subaru was my first car.”
“I waited in line many times just to have a chance to interact and get a picture with him,” said Daly. “One of the coolest dudes of all time. So sad, RIP.”
Daly’s fellow IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand said “Ken showed us that the most incredible things happen when you do it your own way.
“For me, the most inspiring thinker and doer of this generation across automotive, motorsport, and media. Iconoclastic, in every sense. Today we lost a legend. Rest easy, KB43.”
Two of F1’s newest drivers, Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant, said Block’s celebrated Gymkhana videos had been an inspiration to them when they were growing up.
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