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Jeremy Lusk dies from injuries suffered in freestyle motocross crash

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*Updated with funeral service announcement **Updated with link to story on Lusk in today's L.A. Times

***Updated with statement from Brian Deegan

Freestyle motocross star Jeremy Lusk, 24, has died as a result of head injuries sustained in a weekend crash during a competition in Costa Rica, and it's with a heavy heart that Outposts shares this news.

The Temecula rider passed away in his hospital bed late Monday night in San Jose, Costa Rica, while surrounded by his mother and father, Chuck and Gina Lusk; his wife Lauren, and mother- and father-in-law Lynne and Larry, along with fellow Metal Mulisha riders Brian Deegan, Ryan Hagy, Cameron Steele and Erik Apple.

Deegan, founder of Metal Mulisha, issued this statement Tuesday at 3 p.m.:

"Jeremy motivated me to be a better person, he was my best friend. The bond of this team is one that will never be broken. We know Jeremy is looking down from a great place, continuing to move mountains and touch the lives of those above.

"One day, we will all be reunited and will ride together again. In the end, all dust turns to ash. Metal Mulisha will continue to live and die by that creed. Jeremy, we can't wait to see you."

Please keep Lusk and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He did his best to live life to its fullest and entertain, and for that his many fans are deeply appreciative.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Revival Christian Fellowship Church at 29220 Scott Road in Menifee, Calif. To learn more about Lusk please click here for a story posted in the L.A. Times obits section.

--Pete Thomas

Photo of Jeremy Lusk courtesy of Metal Mulisha

 
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Jeremy was truly one of the greats in this sport. He will be dearly missed by all of us.

This is such a sad day for FMX. Thoughts and Prayers with his Family

I'm a retired rider like many and it was always a pleasure to watch Jermy do what he does best...entertain! My heart goes out to Jermy's family and friends. He will be missed. Jermy was one a very few who turned FMX into what you see today. R I P

MAN!!! R.I.P. JEREMY!!!
My condolences to the family, the whole mulisha family, and to all of his friends!!!

I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE THE SADNESS I FEEL FOR THE LOSS OF A GREAT RIDER. HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY ALL WHO LOVE THE ACTION SPORTS EVENTS. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE HIM AT HIS GREATEST UP CLOSE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, AND ALSO HIS METAL MULISHA FAMILY. I WILL MISS SEEING YOU RIDE YOUR HEART OUT JEREMY!

Our prayers are with his family and we will miss jeremy

What a tragic and sensless waste of a young life.

1) Event organizers ignored threat from winds in excess of 50mph which blew tractor trailers off roads and left an estimated
200,000 people without power.

2) First responder care was clearly inadequate, as hurried pseudo-paramedics and volunteers did not follow basic head trauma protocol.

3) Metal Mulisha should've had Jeremy airlifted to a specialized head trauma center in the USA, as public hospitals in Costa Rica are notorious
for providing shady care.

They gave him a 25% chances of surviving the surgery he had on saturday, I think the doctros made a good job trying to help him. It was just his time to go

I've liked motocross since I was little, although I do not watch many events. God granted the chance to see last Saturday's event here in C.R. and enjoy all these guys' exploits. I have been broken hearted since the accident and praying everything went well. My deepest sorrow and sympathy for his family. Things go the way they have to go even if we do not wish to accept it. God had even greater plans for him; that's a fact. Emergency airlifting him to the U.S. as someone suggested wouldn't have helped any better since he really needed every minute to his advantage. I really think our public hospital did all possible to save him. This is no time for arrogance. We all Costaricans are extremely sad for this family's loss. R.I.P. Jeremy

God speed Jeremy, God speed.

R:I.P jeremy greetings from sweden

I am from Costa Rica and I am very sad for this news. I will pray for Jeremy´s Family during this hard moments. We always love him forever here at Costa Rica.
R.I.P. Jeremy.

My sincere condolences to his family. I think the time has come to stop back-flips in sanctioned competition. He was the Best of the best. They are not safe and can never be made safe. Life is too precious.

wow thats so sad.

i cant believe that im about to cry

Heaven is a Half Pipe, well for Jeremy, it's a motocross track so that Jeremy can have fun watchin' down on everyone

I'm sorry, but I find it extremely difficult to me sympathetic to to the death of someone who knowingly takes unnecessary risks in performing reckless and POINTLESS "stunts." Oh, don't get me wrong, as someone who survived a terrible automobile accident (through no fault of my own mind you) in which my vehicle flipped over and I was thrown out, I can empathize with victims who similarly die in accidents or are otherwise victims of happenstance, bad luck, Acts Of God, etc and their families. I feel badly for Jeremy's family... a little. But they allowed him to do this garbage, and probably encouraged it. That endorsement money must have been seductive, I suppose. Well, enjoy it now.

wow bro, hear 1 day gon the next, its crazy haw things happen like that. when ever im at the track and hitting ramps, im goin to say i wanna be just like you, the best. rip it bro
R.I.P

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GOD BLESS U JEREMY
AND UR FAMILY
REST IN PEACE
VOTES FROM BRAZIL
U THE BEST

MANNN Y0U WERE S00 kEWl!!!
i MISS Y0U!!!

Y0U WERE dA bESt && Y0R G0NA BE MiSSEd Y0R iN MAh tHOUGHTS & PRAyERz, EVERY tiME i RidE iMA thiNk 0F Y0U!

RESt iN pEACE!!

MRZ,f0X!<3

god rest his soul and bless his family R.I.P.

METAL MULISHA WILL RIDE STRONG!!!!! RIP

Very sad news, my prayers are with Jeremy and his Family.

My heart and prayers go out to Jeremy and his family. What a loss to this great planet.

Jeremy will always be remebered for his heart and talent and its truly beyond heartbreaking that weve lost one of the greatest the sport of fmx has ever known. Watching him ride was inspiring and im so sorry he's gone. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and the Mulisha. God bless you Jeremy, Rest in Peace<3

 

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