American daredevil Alex Harvill tragically died after a terrible accident while trying to set a world record on his motorcycle.
He was only 28.
The stunt rider and father of two was admitted to a Washington hospital after flying over his handlebars after a bad landing in an attempt to set a world record motorcycle jump.
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Unfortunately, he later died of his injuries.
Harvill attempted to break the world record for jumping from a movable, prefabricated ramp to a dirt ramp, which is currently 351 feet (107 m).
However, the stunt went horribly wrong on the daredevil’s first attempt at training.
Harvill got off to a seemingly good start when he landed on the landing ramp just before the incline, only his bike stopped abruptly.
The 28-year-old’s helmet flew off when thrown over the handlebars, twisting at least once before hitting the ground about six meters away.
Paramedics and members of Harvill’s family rushed to his aid, but it was some time before rescue workers could decide how best to get him to the hospital, with a medical helicopter on standby.
Harvill was loaded into an ambulance and driven to the nearby Samaritan Hospital, but unfortunately his injuries were fatal.
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The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Harvill had died from the injuries he sustained in the accident and confirmed that an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause and nature of his death.
“Our deepest condolences go to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones,” said the sheriff’s office.
The devastating tragedy left fans distraught as tributes to the young daredevil hit social media.
Harvill’s tragic death comes just a month after he and his wife Jessica celebrated the birth of their second child.
Jessica, who was at the air show with her children Willis, 5, and newborn Watson, said before the horrific accident that she had gotten used to the risks her husband was taking.
“It’s a little scary sometimes, but you have to trust that he knows what he’s doing,” she said. “I’ve been around for so long that it’s kind of normal, even if it sounds weird because it’s totally abnormal.”
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