Caleb Moore update: X Games snowmobiling star dies days after wreck at Winter X Games in Aspen

Moore's snowmobile caught lip of landing area

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died a week after a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen.

"This morning Caleb Moore passed away," a statement from his family said. "He will be truly missed and never forgotten."

The Pitkin County Coroner's Office said Moore was declared brain dead at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was performing a backflip last Thursday in the freestyle event when the snowmobile under-rotated, the front skis caught the lip of the landing area and Moore flew over the handlebars.
 
When Moore hit the ground, the snowmobile toppled over him. He walked off the course with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.
 
While there, Moore developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery Friday. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.
 
A friend of the family said he was brain dead after Friday's surgery and kept alive long enough for doctors to harvest his organs for donation. He died Thursday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.
 
This is the first death in the Winter X games history.  The extreme winter sporting event began in 1995.
 
In Thursday's statement, the family thanked the hospitals and staff.
 
"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," said the family statement. "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."
 
Caleb Moore's younger brother, Colten, also crashed at Winter X Games, and sustained a separated pelvis.
 
The brothers' ATV riding website says they were calculated riders.
 
"Many people call these athletes insane, but in reality Caleb and Colten Moore are the most calculated riders in the entire ATV Industry," the website says.
 
Michele Moore was writing a blog for that website. Before the 2010 X Games she wrote, "We are excited but at the same time a little apprehensive.  We know that the boys are going to throw out everything they’ve got, take extreme chances and do whatever it takes to show the world what they are made of."
 
Caleb Moore had already won three Winter X-Games medals: two silvers and a bronze.
 
While the video from Moore's accident is difficult to watch, it has been seen by millions of people around the world. The video of Moore's warm-up runs and the crash are on YouTube.
 
A website has been created to help Moore's family with medical bills. http://www.giveforward.com/calebmoore
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