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DENVER – An X Games athlete attempting a relatively routine back flip on his snowmobile crashed during competition and died a week later.

Caleb Moore, 25, under rotated his 500 pound snowmobile and slammed face first onto the snowy landing ramp. Moore’s snowmobile then landed on top of him.

After the crash, the crowd sighed a breath of relief as they saw the “Rockstar” athlete walking to the ambulance. At the hospital doctors discovered internal bleeding in his heart and brain and he succumbed to the injuries.

ESPN released a statement Thursday:

“As a result of this accident, we will conduct a thorough review of this discipline and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games. For 18 years we have worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts.”

Former X Games athlete Keir Dillion also commented on the devastating crash.

“Watching from the outside it’s easy to say to yourself, this is just too dangerous, but unless you have competed at this level you really don’t understand what these guys are capable of,” Dillion said. “Caleb had pulled the move off several times before it’s just a terrible thing.”

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  • games & sports

    Feeling very upset for Caleb Moore! He was one of the best snowmobile rider. This type of games are very risky and bad practice cost his life. I think more safety gears needed to wear during performance snowmobile riding to keep rider safe. Thanks.

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