X-Games Athlete Caleb Moore Dies One Week After Crash

The pro snowmobile rider is the first X-Games athlete to lose his life.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

X-Games athlete and pro snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died after complications with injuries related to his crash last Thursday during Winter X Games Aspen in Colorado.

According to the Associated Press, family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson says Moore died Thursday morning. The 25-year-old had been in critical condition at a hospital in Grand Junction Colo.

The crash occurred when Moore failed an attempted backflip during his first run of the freestyle event in Aspen. At the end of his attempted flip, the skis from his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending Moore over the handlebars and face-first into the snow while his snowmobile rolled over him. Although almost motionless at first, Moore was able to get up and walk away with help and was later diagnosed with a concussion. It was later learned that he had bleeding around his heart and a complication involving his brain. He was then rushed to a local hospital to undergo surgery.

Moore was originally from Krum, Texas and was a four-time Winter X Games medalist. This is the first death in the X-Games' 18-year history.

"For 18 years, we have worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain," X Games officials said in a statement. They also said, in regards to Moore, ‘‘for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends.’’

A website has been running in which anyone is allowed to donate in support of Moore and his family's medical bills. Nearly $30,000 has been raised at the time of this writing.

Below is a video that was just published last week with his brother, Colten, who is also recovering from injuries related to an accident.

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