KRUM — Residents kept a close watch on news reports about snowmobiler Caleb Moore since last week when he sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
Moore died Thursday from his injuries, which included a brain complication and bleeding around his heart, a family spokeswoman said.
Even though he was approximately 800 miles away when he died, the news of Moore’s death traveled quickly to his hometown via social media.
The Krum High School graduate was hospitalized after he crashed while performing a flip on a snowmobile. Online video of the crash shows Moore’s snowmobile clipping the top of a hill, causing him to fall forward from the vehicle. The snowmobile rolled over Moore, who was slow to get up from the fall.
He had remained in critical condition since the accident and his family members said doctors reported that his chances for survival were slim earlier this week.
Krum resident Kara Smith said Moore was a celebrity who many people in the city admired. Smith, who attended school with Moore, said it felt like the entire city was praying for Moore to pull through.
“When the news broke that his condition was critical, it just felt like everything turned gloomy,” Smith said. “We didn’t keep in close touch after graduation, but in a small city like this, it’s still hard when you lose someone you know and admired.”
A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager. It didn’t take him long to make a name for himself.
Before he was 25 years old, he won four Winter X Games medals.
According to ESPN, Moore’s medal record includes one bronze in 2012, one silver and one bronze in 2011 and one bronze in 2010.
B.C. Vaught, Moore’s agent for almost 10 years, first met Moore when he was racing an ATV in Minnesota.
Vaught helped Moore make the switch from ATVs to snowmobiles.
It’s been reported that Moore’s brother, Colten Moore, also got involved in snowmobiling around the same time.
In Krum, where snow is rare, the brothers honed their skills by launching into a foam pit.
ESPN hosted the Winter X Games and released a statement on its official website.
“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,” the post read. “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 officials also stated that they will conduct a thorough review of the sport and adopt any appropriate changes to make future X Games more safe.
Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson said the family will not make any other public statements, but she said the family appreciated all the support they’ve received from Krum and Denton County.
“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,” Lawson said.
Funeral arrangements for Caleb Moore are being made and will be announced in the coming days, she added.
Staff writer Britney Tabor and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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