Caleb Moore, the X-Games competitor who was hospitalized since crashing his snowmobile while attempting to do a backflip on January 24th, died Thursday.
The 25 year old Moore was from Krum, Texas, about an hour northwest of Dallas, under rotated on his attempt, causing the snowmobile’s nose to clip the top of the hill and throw Moore forward off the vehicle. The snowmobile then slammed into Moore as man and machine tumbled down the ramp.
Moore was originally walked away from the crash with some help and went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. It was quickly realized, though, that he sustained additional injuries, including a heart contusion.
The family released a statement about Moore’s passing:
"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. "