Caleb Moore is being remembered as a rising star of the X Games who saw his life cut short in a tragic accident, with memorials to the fallen 25-year-old popping up across the internet.
Moore was competing in the snowmobile competition at the X Games last week when he failed to land a jump, sending the snowmobile crashing onto his body. Though he was eventually able to get up and walk away, Moore was later taken to the hospital where doctors found bleeding in his heart. He died on Thursday.
“We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten, and the entire Moore family,” ESPN said in a statement released Thursday. “He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community.”
ESPN said it would conduct a review of snowmobiling rules and guidelines but added that Caleb Moore’s injury wasn’t the result of negligence.
“Still, when the world’s best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain,” the statement said. “Caleb was a four-time X Games medalist attempting a move he has landed several times previously.”
After the announcement of Caleb Moore’s death, USA Today scoured Twitter for reactions.
Retired freestyle motocross and motorcycle racer Carey Hart said: “So sad to hear about Caleb Moore. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. Died doing what he loves.”
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow even weighed in on Moore’s death: “So sad to hear about the passing of snowmobiler Caleb Moore. My prayers go out to his younger brother Colten & their entire family #RIPcaleb”
Fellow snowmobile racer Cory Davis tweeted: “Tuff day hearing the news about Caleb passing away, pray for his family through these tuff times RIP Caleb thanks for the memories”
Caleb Moore was originally an ATV racer but decided in his teens to switch to snowmobiling. A natural talent, it took Moore only two weeks to master the difficult backflip, his agent B.C. Vaught said.