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Caleb Moore Dies After Crash
Freestyle snowmobile rider Caleb Moore has died after being injured in a crash during the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The Winter X Games is an annual event focusing on the action sports of skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
Moore, 25, was hospitalized in Grand Junction, Colorado, following the accident.
"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," the family said in a statement. "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."
Moore was attempting a back flip in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450lb snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars.
He landed face-first in the snow - before his vehicle rolled over him.
He was able to walk off with assistance and was thought to have suffered a concussion. While hospitalized it was discovered that Moore had bleeding around his heart and a more severe complication involving his brain injury.
Caleb's brother Colten Moore also crashed on the very same jump, resulting in a separated pelvis.
Extreme sports are no stranger to scary crashes, but this is the first time that a competitor has died from injuries sustained during an X Games competition.
Moore was then flown to Grand Junction for surgery.
His family said the Texas native suffered a complication involving his brain.
His agent BC Vaught said Moore did not see his sport as too extreme, but as "a lifestyle".
Snowmobile rider Levi LaVallee recently described Moore as a "fierce competitor".
"A very creative mind," he said.
"I've watched him try some crazy, crazy tricks and some of them were successful, some of them not so much. But he was first guy to get back on a sled and go try it again. It shows a lot of heart."