Last week, Texas snowmobiler Caleb Moore flipped his snow mobile during the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorodo. He died today after succumbing to injuries he sustained during the crash.
He was 25.
Last Thursday during the games, Moore was attempting a back flip in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.
Although he laid in the ground for a few minutes, he walked away from the scene to go to the hospital to be treated for a concussion. There, they found bleeding around his heart and was transferred to a different hospital for more specialized treatment.
At St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., he was diagnosed with a heart contusion and had surgery on Friday. On Sunday, Moore's family announced on ESPN that his heart injury caused a second complication in his brain.
The Moore family released a statement through family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson today, saying:
"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."
An online fundraiser has been set up on behalf of the Moore family. Visit the website for more information.
Jackson "Jacko" Strong, Moore's fellow X Games snowmobile competitor, will be auctioning off his 2012 Polaris IQ 600R that he rode in competition at this year's X Games and proceeds will go to Moore's benefit.