Stuntman Alex Harvill Biography, Wiki, Age
Motorcycle stuntman Alex Harvill is being reported to have died on Thursday, June 17th while attempting to break a world record. He was 28. The motorcyclist was trying to achieve the Guinness World Record for Longest Motorcycle Ramp Jump at the 2021 Moses Lake Airshow in Washington State, the organizers said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. The jump required Harvill to land past the current record of 351 feet.
Harvill was a professional motocross racer who also held two previous motorcycle jump records. He worked on a farm as a separate day job and listed stunt performer Evel Knievel among his inspirations.
Alex Harvill crashed into a dirt berm during a warm-up jump at the Moses Lake airshow on Thursday. The 28-year-old was thrown from the bike and taken to hospital, where he died.
In a statement, the Grant county sheriff Tom Jones said an autopsy would be performed on Friday.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones,” Jones said.
Video of the crash posted to YouTube was taken down on Friday, although the images remained on several local news stations’ websites. The site for the weekend airshow at Grant county international airport was still advertising details of the record attempt.
Motorcycle stuntman thrill seeker rose to fame when he set a world record 425ft mtorcycle jump at Toes Motorcross Park in Royal City, Washington in May 2012.
The following year, he set a record for a dirt-to-dirt distance jump that’s been beaten – by leaping over 297ft at Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex in Richland.
Harvill also gained prominence competings in a number of sports, including the Canadian MX National Series, AMA Motorcross, AMA Supercross and Arenacross while doing stunt work.
He came from Ephrata, Washington and had been riding a motorcycle since he was four year old, the Colombia Basin Herald writes.
He drew his inspiration from Evel Knievel, once writing: “It’s so awesome that I can follow in his footsteps and have some local ties to him and just live on the daredevil motorcycle legacy of pushing the limits.”
Harvill leaves behind his wife Jessica and two kids Willis, 5, and newborn son Watson – who was born a month before the crash.
Stuntman Alex Harvill Background
Alex Harvill was born in 1992 in Corona California. He was currently residing in Ephrata Washington. Sporting 155 LBS and standing 5’6.” Some of Alex’s career highlights include a world record ramp to dirt to distance jump of 425’ (May 12, 2012) in Toes Motocross Park – Royal City Washington.
The stuntman still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Dirt To Dirt Motorcycle Ramp Jump with a distance of 297 feet. He accomplished the record-breaking jump in July 2013.
How did Stuntman Alex Harvill die? His Family’s Statement
In a video obtained by TMZ, the stuntman crashed just shy of the landing dirt mound and tumbled off his bike during a practice run. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Harvill had died after being taken to the hospital, adding that the Grant County Coroner’s Office “will conduct an autopsy on Friday, June 18th to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure.”
“His family has been notified,” the Sherriff’s Office wrote. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends, and loved ones.”
Stuntman Alex Harvill Wife & Children
Harvill is survived by his wife Jessica and sons Willis, 4, and Watson, 4 weeks.
What was Alex Harvill’s cause of death?
Harvill perished trying to complete his most dangerous stunt yet – a 351ft jump at Moses Lake Airshow in Washington.
Spectators gathered around to watch the accomplished daredevil practice runs ahead of the record-breaking jump.
However, on his first practice, which was being recorded, the 28-year-old came up short of his target and crashed into a dirt mound.
Witnesses say Harvill’s helmet came flying off his head and his body flung off the front of the bike.
Harvill was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
An autopsy is set to be performed on Friday to determine the daredevil’s cause of death.
What Guinness World Record was Alex Harvill trying to break?
The stuntman had been trying to break Robbie Maddison’s “ramp to dirt” motorcycle distance jump when he died.
In a post leading up to the jump, Harvill wrote: “I Will be attempting another world record jump at this years airshow here in Moses Lake Washington.
“This time it will be Guinness World Records official for the ‘Ramp to Dirt’ Motorcycle Distance Jump attempt.
“The current Guinness record… is held by Robbie Maddison who has courageously pushed the sport in many ways over the years.”
Maddison has held the record since March 2008.
Alex Harvill GoFundMe
A GoFundMe fundraiser aiming to support the family has already raised almost $40,000 (£29,000).
Alex Harvill Instagram
On Instagram he had shared his building excitement for the latest record attempt, including images and videos of the ramp being built.
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