Snowmobiler Dies After X-Games Crash

Caleb Moore, 25, dies a week after being crushed by snowmobile
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:53 PM CST
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2012 and released by ESPN Images, snomobiler Caleb Moore smiles while attending a news conference at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.   (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Eric Lars Bakke)

(Newser) – Caleb Moore died today of injuries suffered during last week's horrific snowmobile crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., his family revealed today in a statement. Moore, 25, hurt himself when he botched the landing on a backflip, bringing his entire 450-pound snowmobile crashing down on his head and chest, CNN explains. "He will be truly missed and never forgotten," his family said in a statement, thanking "fans, friends, and family around the world" for their "prayers and support."

ESPN released a statement saying it was "deeply saddened by Caleb Moore's passing," and promising that the incident would prompt a "thorough review of this discipline." While it promised to change the event if necessary in future X-Games, it added that "when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb was a four-time X Games medalist attempting a move he has landed several times previously." (Read more Caleb Moore stories.)

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