Caleb Moore, a snowmobiler from Texas who crashed horrifically during an event at last Friday's Winter X Games, passed away on Thursday. His death is the first in the 17-year history of the games.
Last week, Moore's snowmobile went out of control during an X Games event and crashed into the crowd. Moore required emergency heart surgery after the accident in Aspen, Colorado, where the X Games are being held this year.
Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson said in a statement on behalf of the family that Moore passed away on Thursday morning and "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," Lawson said. "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."