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Motorcycle stuntman Alex Harvill died on Thursday 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.
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 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.”
The Moses Lake Airshow vowed to donate all the proceeds from Thursday’s jump towards Harvill’s medical expenses. At the time of posting, the organizers wrote, “Our hearts are with Alex and his family, and wish him a speedy recovery.”
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Harvill is survived by his wife Jessica and sons Willis, 4, and Watson, 4 weeks.
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.