Ken Block Top Gear star and rally legend killed in snowmobile accident

Pro rally driver and former Top Gear star Ken Block has died aged 55 following a snowmobile accident.

Block competed in the World Rally Championship and was named Rally America Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Ken Block team Hoonigan Racing announced the sad news, saying: ‘Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon.

And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.’

Former presenter James May was among the famous faces paying tribute to the pro driver on social media on Tuesday,

Alongside the official Top Gear Twitter page which described Block as an ‘all-round hero’.

‘RIP Ken Block, with thanks for some hilarious days out. Here’s the airfield drifting piece from years back,’ May tweeted.

Meanwhile, the president of Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Mohammed Ben Sulayem, said:

‘I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Ken Block. An inspiration for us all and a true gentleman of our sport.

‘The @FIA’s thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. RIP @kblock43.’