Not much was said about the death Thursday morning of snowmobiler Caleb Moore other than he had suffered a brain complication after surgery for a heart contusion following his horrific crash in the snowmobile freestyle finals at the Winter X Games a week ago.
Friday it was learned via a press release from the Pitkin County coroner in Colorado that Moore was declared brain dead Thursday morning and his organs were donated.
“Physiological support was provided throughout the day until organ donations could be completed,” the press release stated, according to USA Today. Moore, 25, died at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time. The death was ruled accidental and the cause of death is pending until autopsy results are completed.
Moore’s death became the first fatality in the 18-year history of the X Games, winter and summer. “As a result of this accident, we will conduct a thorough review of this discipline and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games,” ESPN said in a statement.
In his first statement since his brother’s passing, fellow snowmobiler Colten Moore said on his Facebook page Friday: “I want to thank each person who took a moment to reach out to me and my family during this time. There have been hundreds and hundreds of texts, messages, phone calls, etc. I wish I could thank each of you personally for all of your support. Please know that every word of encouragement, positive thought and prayer has been received and is truly appreciated.”
More than $51,000 has been raised to help cover hospital bills via the GiveForward website. Also, Australian snowmobiler Jackson Strong is auctioning the 2012 Polaris that he used to compete in Winter X to help with medical costs. That eBay auction was at more than $10,000 on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.