The 55-year-old’s tragic death after the crash in Utah was confirmed by his rally team, the Hoonigan Racing Division, on Monday night US time.
“It is with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away today in a snowmobile accident,” read a statement posted on Instagram.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And, most importantly, a father and a husband. He will be sorely missed.
“Please respect the family’s privacy at this time as they grieve.”
The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, which attended the crash site, also released a statement shortly after.
“On January 2, 2023 at approximately 2 p.m., the Wasatch County 911 Center received a call reporting a snowmobile accident in the Mill Hollow area,” it read.
“Search and Rescue, along with law enforcement from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Utah State Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service responded.
“The driver, Kenneth Block, a 55-year-old man from Park City, Utah, was driving a snowmobile down a steep hill when the snowmobile rolled over, landing on top of him.
“He was pronounced dead at the scene of injuries sustained in the accident.
“Mr Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident happened.
“The State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.
“We are saddened to learn of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his deeply touched family and friends.
“We thank all of our first responders for their continued service.”
Block is survived by his wife Lucy and three children.
Block, co-founder of DC Shoes, started rallying in his native United States in 2005, initially in the Rally America series.
Within two years he was making appearances in the World Rally Championship, his presence in the WRC increasing in 2010 when he signed a deal with Ford to drive for what was initially known as Monster World Rally Team.
His association with Ford led Block to compete in the World Rallycross Championship with the team, which was renamed Hoonigan Racing Division in 2012.
Block finished second in the World Rallycross Championship in 2015 before moving up to the FIA World Rallycross Championship the following year.
More recently, he has continued to compete in American rallies, narrowly missing out on the 2022 title to Brandon Semenuk.
Wife Lucy and daughter Lia also competed nationally in the United States this season as part of the Hoonigan outfit.
The driving force behind Block’s worldwide stardom, however, was his series of gymkhana videos.
The viral videos, which include wild car builds and high-speed stunts filmed around the world, have amassed more than 500 million views since the first episode launched in 2008.
In early 2021, Block announced that Hoonigan would part ways with Ford, ahead of a new contract with Audifocused on high-performance electric vehicles, was confirmed later that year.