BMX visionary Dane Searls died Friday morning at Gold Coast Hospital in Australia, according to a statement from the Queensland Police. Searls was 23 years-old.
On November 21st Searls was hospitalized in critical condition after attempting to jump without his bike from the balcony of a popular night spot in Queensland, Australia, into a pool.
Searls sustained traumatic head and back injuries, and was unable to break out of a coma since the accident.
Searls will be remembered by the BMX community for his part in creating the Giants of Dirt project in 2010. The project consisted of a series of progressively larger jumps elevating the sport to a whole new level.
Fellow BMX star TJ Lavin who has battled through serious injuries himself had this to say, “Such a shame you had to leave us so early. You’ll forever be missed.Your 2nd home just got a little dimmer too. Love you brother.”
R.I.P Dane Searls.
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