Death Puts X Games' Safety Under Scrutiny

Christian Murdock/AP

Caleb Moore was a top athlete in one of the most daring competitions ever devised for television: freestyle snowmobiling. But his death on Thursday from injuries sustained in last week's Winter X Games threw his sport – and the attending spectacle – into a harsh new light.

The 25-year-old died in a Colorado hospital from medical complications affecting his brain, a family spokesperson said.

"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," the family said in a statement. "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."

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