Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died this morning, a week after crashing his Snowmobile during the freestyle finals at the X Games in Aspen. Moore under-rotated on a backflip, and slammed his head into the ground as his snowmobile rolled over him. The 25-year-old was airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent surgery for bleeding around his heart. Later "brain complications" made his prognosis pessimistic.
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.
We've worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts for each of the 18 years of X Games. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain.
Moore is the first athlete to die in the history of the X Games, though freestyle skier Sarah Burke died one year ago in training.