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Caleb Moore dies after X Games snowmobile crash

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died just days after a terrifying crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen. It’s the first death in the 17-year history of the games.

“This morning Caleb Moore passed away,” Moore’s family wrote in a statement Thursday. “He will be truly missed and never forgotten.”

Moore, 25, was in the process of performing a back flip during competition on Jan. 24 but didn’t quite complete the rotation. His heavily-modified, 450-pound snowmobile rolled over him as he collided with the ground.

Moore was knocked unconscious. When he came to, he was moving and he asked his brother, fellow freestyle competitor Colten Moore, what happened.

Moore was then taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with a concussion. But doctors found bleeding around his heart, and he was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for heart surgery Friday.

Late Sunday, a family spokeswoman said the heart injury led to an additional complication involving his brain. It is suspected that Moore succumbed to that complication on Thursday.