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    Caleb Moore dies after X Games crash

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Thursday, January 31, 2013

     Caleb Moore, Winter X Games competitor and freestyle rider, died Jan. 31 from complications from his X Games crash a week ago.  He was 25.

    "This morning Caleb Moore passed away.  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. 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.," said Chelsea Lawson the Moore's family spokesperson.

    Moore, a Krum, Texas native, was an all-terrain vehicle racer and ATV freestyler. He won four Winter X Games Snowmobile Event Medals including a bronze last season when his brother Colten won gold.

    The crash occurred when Caleb was attempting a backflip on Jan. 24 during Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. He went over the handlebars and the snowmobile rolled over him. Moore landed face first into the snow.

    Moore stayed on the ground for some time before walking away from the crash with help and going to the hospital for concussion treatment. He developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery. His family released a statement Sunday that Caleb had secondary complications involving his brain.

    X Games officials expressed their condolences and said Moore, a four-time X Games medalist, would be remembered "for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends."

    Arrangements for a celebration of life are being made, with an announcement coming in days.

    In a statement released Tuesday to the Denver Post, ESPN X Games officials stated: "We've worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts for each of the 18 years of X Games. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb is a four-time X Games medalist who fell short on his rotation on a move he has landed several times previously."

    As a celebration of Caleb's inspirational and vivid life, we ask that you join the Moore family in a moment of silence, prayer and remembrance on Thursday, February 7th at 5:30PM CST.  Fans can also continue to express their support of Caleb and his family by using the hashtag #LiveLikeCaleb 

    In lieu of a public memorial, the Moore family has decided to hold a private service this week for close friends and family.  We thank you for continuing to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

    Photos from ESPN

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