Ken Block, star of Codemasters’ Grime collection and a determine whose ardour for motorsports helped push it to new audiences, has died on the age of 55 following a snowmobile accident on his ranch in Utah.
Block was an entrepreneur who co-founded DC Sneakers in 1994, utilizing his success to assist pursue his automotive passions. Within the 00s Block grew to become an expert rally driver who went on to take part within the sport at its highest degree within the WRC, although his outcomes – with solely a small handful of factors and no podiums to point out for his 24 appearances between 2007 and 2018 – do not replicate his true legacy as he popularised the game via his massively profitable collection of Gymkhana movies.
Such a tragic information 😢
Ken was a visionary, so passionate and galvanizing. He knew like no different easy methods to mix motorsport and a giant present. He lived his life to the fullest and I will always remember his smile and chuckle.
Sending my ideas and assist to his household and mates 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wQQD18fGG3
— Sébastien Ogier (@SebOgier) January 3, 2023
WRC legend Sébastien Ogier led the various tributes to the nice man. “Ken was a visionary, so passionate and galvanizing,” the eight-time WRC champion stated on Twitter. “He knew like no different easy methods to mix motorsport and a giant present. He lived his life to the fullest and I will always remember his smile and chuckle.”
Block featured in Codemasters’ Grime 2 in 2009 earlier than having an even bigger function in 2011’s Grime 3 – and together with his Gymkhana exploits receiving their very own mode through which gamers might play an intriguing hybrid of utmost sports activities and racing video games. He would additionally seem in 2015’s Want for Velocity reboot, whereas his automobiles made cameos within the Forza collection, most just lately in Forza Horizon 5.