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    Freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk dies - Yahoo! Sports

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP)—Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross rider, died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.
    Jorge Ramirez, chief of the intensive care unit at Calderon Hospital, said Lusk suffered severe brain damage and a possible spinal cord injury.
    Lusk won a gold medal at the 2008 X Games. He was injured Saturday night when he failed to complete a full rotation while attempting a Hart Attack backflip and slammed headfirst into the dirt. Lusk crashed in almost identical fashion in the freestyle semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was not hurt.
    He had a successful 2008 season, winning Freestyle gold at the X Games and silver in Best Trick when he landed the first double-grab Hart Attack backflip. He won a bronze helmet in Freestyle at the Moto X World Championships in his hometown of San Diego.
    “Jeremy motivated me to be a better person, he was my best friend,” said Brian Deegan, the founder of Lusk’s riding group Metal Mulisha. “One day, we will all be reunited and will ride together again.”

    Chris Stiepock, the vice president and general manager of the X Games franchise, said Lusk “had emerged as one of the world’s best freestyle moto riders.”
    “He was a tremendous athlete and competitor and represented the sport of freestyle motocross very well,” Stiepock said.
    Ramirez said Lusk died with his parents and his wife, Lauren, at his side.
    “He was in a medicine-induced coma as a protective measure, and the medicine was being reduced to see how his body responded,” he said. “That didn’t mean he was going to wake up. He was in shock and that got worse last night, until he stopped responding and entered into cardiac and respiratory failure.”
    Lusk lived in Temecula, Calif.
    A trust has been set up in his memory, and donations can be made through the Athlete Recovery Fund, Athlete Recovery Fund.

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    That sucks....I can't imagine he would have wanted to live if it meant he was going to be paralyzed. Someone who lived a life like that....

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    bummer, this guy was a big deal here. Such a shame.
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    So sad. In an instant life can change. At least he was doing what he loved.

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    of course he died, he does motocross for a living. only idiots do that.
    i have 2 semi-distant cousins who motocriss. their dad does too.
    they are fearless. but only because they're also complete idiots. they're a family joke.
    they're also in and out of the hospital on a regular basis.
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    Naturally, if anyone is feeling ghoulish and wants to see, the videos of him crashing are up on liveleak.com.

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