Freeride mountain biker Kelly McGarry died suddenly on Monday while riding his mountain bike in Queenstown, New Zealand. The news was announced by McGarry’s primary sponsor, YT Industries on its Facebook page.
The New Zealand news website Stuff.co.nz reported that McGarry was riding uphill when he collapsed.
The 33-year-old McGarry hailed from the town of Nelson on New Zealand’s southern island, and was an established star in the downhill and freeride mountain biking scenes. McGarry gained international acclaim at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage event in Utah, when he executed a backflip over a 70-foot canyon during the competition. McGarry wore a GoPro camera during for the jump, and the video of his run has been viewed more than 28 million times of YouTube.
McGarry finished second place that year to Kyle Strait.
The release by YT described McGarry as “a warm-hearted, friendly and relaxed guy.”
“We were informed about his death in the morning and are petrified, shocked and heartbroken about losing one of our family members,” the release said. “[McGarry] stood for the true essence of mountain biking through every aspect of his life.”