'Lived life to the fullest' – Lewis Hamilton's touching tribute to 'dear friend' Ken Block after rally driver died at 55 | The Sun

LEWIS HAMILTON has posted a fitting tribute to his "dear friend" Ken Block after the rally driver's death, aged 55.

The seven-time world champion, 37, shared an image of him and Block in ski gear with a dove emoji above it.

Prior to sharing the picture, he also added a post onto his Instagram story dedicated to the passing of his friend – who died in a snowmobile crash.

It read: "I've been mostly off social media to focus on my health and well-being.

"Today I received news of the loss of a dear friend.

"I am devastated to hear of Ken Block's passing. He was such an amazing person, always lived life to the fullest.


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"I remember our first time working together and how positive he was. So much talent behind the wheel.

"Years ago, we had an amazing time heli-skiing and snowboarding in Canada.

"We held so much respect for one another.

"He will truly be missed and my thoughts and prayers go to his beautiful family. Gone too soon.

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"Rest in peace, Ken."

The horror accident took place on Block's ranch in northern Utah.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office said he was riding on a steep slope when the snowmobile flipped over and landed on top of him.

Block became one of the most famous rally car drivers in the world after he started competing in 2005.

He landed Rookie of the Year in his first season in the Rally America Championship.

He then went on to clinch a host of overall wins and podium appearances.

Block also competed in motocross, skateboarding, and other action sports.

He was known to British fans after appearing in several episodes of Top Gear.

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In the first, he starred alongside James May, partnering him in his Subaru for a rally stage around Inyokern Airport in California.

And in the second he was challenged by Jeremy Clarkson to drive a three-wheeled Reliant Robin around the test track.

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