The X Games and BMX community have been stunned to learn that one of the legends of the sport has died unexpectedly.
The family of Kevin Robinson confirmed through social media that the X Games star passed away after suffering a stroke. ESPN.com reports Robinson’s niece tweeted out her feelings shortly after his death.
Robinson burst onto the X Games scene before it was even a scene. A prolific New England BMX rider since the mid 80’s, Robinson joined the Hoffman Bikes team in 1992 and competed in the inaugural X Games in 1995. Over his career, Robinson won 10 X Game medals including four gold. It was at the 2006 X Games that Robinson landed a double flair, the first rider to ever do so.
Robinson holds several records. Among them is how high he got above a quarter pipe – 27 feet, something that hasn’t been equaled. He also holds a Guinness record for longest powered-assisted bike backflip. Robinson jumped a span of 84 feet in front of a hometown crowd in Providence, Rhode Island.
The BMX community reacted to the news of Robinson’s death.
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I’m completely shocked, like the rest of our world is. Kevin had the biggest heart. He is eager for every day. Like he was a little kid going to a carnival. He is enthusiastic for every step he took. He is the proudest parent, loyal, loving, caring and tough as hell. He is one of a kind. He could have the softest heart, but may kick your ass, but only because he loved you. There is no one as tough and sweet as KRob. I will forever miss you. My heart is broken. I give every bit of love I have to Robin, Shaye, Kevin and Riley. I’m so sorry. I’m crushed. I Love You.
Robinson leaves behind a wife and three kids.