Exactly a week after a tragic snowmobiling accident at the Winter X Games, Caleb Moore has died. The 25 year old Texas native passed away this morning (Thursday) at a Colorado hospital after suffering multiple injuries and enduring several surgeries for brain and heart-related conditions. Caleb Moore's death was confirmed by a family spokesperson who released the following statement to local station KUSA:
"This morning Caleb Moore passed away. He will be truly missed and never forgotten. 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. They would also like to thank the physicians and medical staff at both Aspen Valley Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction for their care and dedication. At this time, the family will not be making any other public statements. They continue to decline interviews. Thank you for continuing to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time. Arrangements for a celebration of life are being made and an announcement will be made in the coming days."
As Examiner.com previously reported, Caleb Moore suffered a concussion in a violent crash during the Jan., 24 Snowmobile Freestyle finals round at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. While receiving treatment, doctors discovered bleeding around his heart which required emergency surgery. However, the cardiac injury led to a secondary complication involving his brain which kept him in ICU until today when Moore succumbed to his injuries.
The Texas native and decorated Winter X Games competitor was injured while attempting a backflip on his snowmobile. According to reports, he came up short and the snowmobile rolled end over end. The force of the crash threw Moore off the 450 pound vehicle, which then landed on top of him.
Caleb's younger brother, Colton Moore, was also hospitalized after an accident at the 2013 Winter X Games. The 23-year-old reportedly suffered a separated pelvis, but has since been released from the hospital.