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Daredevil dies in horrifying crash during world record practice jump attempt

A renowned daredevil has died after a horrifying crash that happened during a world record practice jump attempt at an air show.

Stuntman Alex Harvill died on Thursday after slamming into a dirt mound at the Moses Lake Airshow in Washington, US.

The biker, from Ephrata, was thrown over his handlebars and tumbled forward before coming to a stop.

He died from the serious injuries he suffered during the shocking accident, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.

In a statement the office said: “Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison confirms the death of 28-year-old Ephrata resident Alex Harvill who died after crashing his motorcycle while performing a practice jump at the Grant County International Airport this morning.

“His family has been notified.

The air show offered its condolences and will donate the proceeds from his jump attempt

“Coroner Morrison’s staff will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones.”

According to iFIBER One the fatal practice jump was the first he performed of the morning and was a 150-foot jump.

In a video of the accident, filmed from some distance away, he could be seen riding his bike before launching off a ramp into the air.

Tragically he didn’t make the other side and instead crashed into the dirt mound before being hurled forward.

Medics rushed to help him and he was taken to hospital but he later died.

The Air show has since offered its condolences and vowed to donate all monies from his jump to help pay for the medical bills before he died.

Moses Lake Airshow said: “We regret to report today at our first event of the airshow – the Guinness World Record Jump Attempt, Alex Harvill was injured during his warm-up before the jump and has been taken to hospital.”

They added: “Our hearts are with Alex and his family, and wish him a speedy recovery. All proceeds from today’s jump will be donated to Alex to contribute to his medical expenses.”

He was an experienced stuntman and had previously set the world record in 2013 when he jumped from a dirt ramp to another 297 feet away.

Ahead of his record jump attempt, he told the Columbia Basin Herald that he had been riding since he was four years old.

He was said to have recently welcomed a second child into his life and also competed in a number of sports, including the Canadian MX National Series, AMA Motocross, AMA Supercross and Arenacross.

He also did stunt work.



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