X Games snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies

6:04 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died Thursday following injuries suffered during a crash at the Winter X Games on Jan. 24, according to a family spokesperson. 

 Moore was in critical condition in a hospital in Grand Junction after suffering serious injuries in a crash. He was initially diagnosed with a concussion, but doctors later performed surgery for a heart contusion.

The family announced Sunday that Moore had a brain complication. Moore crashed in the freestyle final at the X Games in Aspen. The 25-year-old from Krum, Texas, under-rotated on a back flip and was struck by the snowmobile as he slid down the hill.

A website was created to help Moore's family with medical costs: http://www.giveforward.com/calebmoore

The following statement was released on behalf of the Moore family:

"This morning Caleb Moore passed away. He will be truly missed and never forgotten. 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. They would also like to thank the physicians and medical staff at both Aspen Valley Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction for their care and dedication. At this time, the family will not be making any other public statements. They continue to decline interviews. Thank you for continuing to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time. Arrangements for a celebration of life are being made and an announcement will be made in the coming days. "

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with USA Today)

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