It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed. That’s the case this morning as the X Games community is reeling from the death of 25 year old snowmobiler Caleb Moore, who succumb to injuries he suffered during last Thursday games. Moore was performing a flip on Thursday when he clipped the top of the jump which caused his snowmobile to fall on top of him.
While he was able to walk off the course, he developed bleeding around his heart on Friday and developed secondary complications involving his brain. His family issued a statement on his death on today:
“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.”
- Caleb Moore’s Family
ESPN, who host the X Games and invented the games back in 1995, also released a statement addressing Moore’s death and extending condolences to his grieving family.
“We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten, and the entire Moore family. He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community.
- ESPN’s statement on Caleb Moore’s death
There is a raging debate in the NFL about whether or not players with brain injuries are asking for it when they sign up to play the game. That same debate comes up in extreme sports whenever something like this happens. But while the debate is relevant, we tend to forget the people truly affected by a tragedy like Caleb Moore’s death.
Moore’s family said arrangements for a celebration of life will be decided upon in the following days.