Lewis Hamilton left ‘devastated’ by death of ‘dear friend’ Ken Block

Ken Block appears on Top Gear in 2009

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It was confirmed on Tuesday that Top Gear star, Ken Block, 55, has died in a snowmobile accident. It is understood that the rally driving champion was riding on a steep slope in Utah when the snowmobile upended and landed on top of him.

Wasatch County and the Sheriff’s Office said he was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday.

Following the tragic news, thousands have paid tribute to the star on social media, including his “dear friend” Lewis Hamilton.

The Formula One ace wrote: “I’ve been mostly off social media to focus on my health and wellbeing. 

“Today I received news of the loss of a dear friend. I am devastated to hear of Ken Block’s passing.

“He was such an amazing person, always lived life to the fullest. I remember our first time working together and how positive he was. So much talent behind the wheel. 

“Years ago, we had an amazing time heli skiing and snowboarding in Canada. We held so much respect for one another.

“He will truly be missed and my thoughts and prayers go to his beautiful family.

“Gone too soon. Rest in peace, Ken.” 

Boxer Jake Paul also paid tribute to the star, calling him one of his “childhood heroes”.

He wrote: “Ken Block? Wtf. Man childhood hero for me. RIP. This new years is brutal.” (sic)

Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, also shared a photograph of himself with Ken in a boxing ring.

In the caption, the middleweight said: “I’m absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic passing of Ken Block.

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“An extreme talent and all around cool, down-to-earth guy. My heart goes out to his family.” 

Rapper T-Pain also shared his condolences and said Ken’s death had left him “broken”. 

He penned: “Lost a f***ing legendary person bro. My whole driving/drifting passion was built off this man. 

“Bro I’m broken right now. I’ve never f***ed with somebody I’ve never met so hard. S**t is unreal bro. I really wish this s**t was a joke.” (sic) 

Former Top Gear presenter James May remembered his “hilarious days out” with Block alongside the official Top Gear Twitter page which described him 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.

Paddy McGuinness, who currently hosts the BBC motoring show alongside Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff and Chris Harris, shared a video of Block driving through an industrial landscape.

He said: “I’ve lost many hours watching the great Ken Block’s videos over the years. Legend. Hoonigan. RIP.”

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