On Thursday morning, Caleb Moore died after crashing in the freestyle snowmobile finals at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Moore, 25, was being treated for head injuries and bleeding around his heart since the accident one week ago. It is the first death in X Games history.
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.” — Moore family statement
ABC News described the accident this way, “Moore was completing a back-flip when he came up short and the skis on his sled hit the landing, causing the 450-pound machine to flip end-over-end. Moore went over the handlebars of the snowmobile and it came crashing down on top of him. He tumbled down the slope for several feet before coming to a stop at the bottom, where he lay on the ground for a few minutes. Moore eventually got up and walked off the course with help, but he was rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital with a concussion.”
Moore’s younger brother Colton Moore, 23, was also injured at the X Games in the Snowmobile Freestyle finals. Colton separated his pelvis but has been released from hospital and will not require surgery.