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Jeremy Lusk funeral no longer open to public; will be shown on webcast

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**Update with publicist's clarification

Because of overcrowding concerns, only family, friends and industry associates will be allowed inside Revival Christian Fellowship church in Menifee, Calif., for Jeremy Lusk's funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday.

However, fans of the freestyle motocross star, who died Tuesday from injuries suffered during a crash at a competition in Costa Rica, can watch the Lusk service online.

Here's the brief announcement issued Saturday night by Metal Mulisha's publicist:

"Due to the outpouring of love, affection, admiration and sentiment regarding Jeremy, please note that funeral services will be webcast simultaneously.

"Limited church capacity mandates that only family, friends and industry associates attend, please."

On Sunday afternoon, Cheryl Lynch, the publicist, clarified that no invitations have been issued and that if people were friends of Jeremy and/or worked with him in some capacity they're urged to attend. Lynch added, "Many, many people around the world are mourning his passing and having this webcast it is our hope that many more will feel part of this most difficult task of saying goodbye."

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Jeremy Lusk. Credit: Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk funeral forecast calls for rain, lots of tears and a fond remembrance

Jeremy Lusk flips his motorcycle during a competition last Saturday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The popular rider from Temecula died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a crash during the competition.

The forecast calls for rain Monday, but that's not likely to prevent fans of Jeremy Lusk from attending the freestyle motocross star's funeral.

If reaction to Lusk's death days after a horrific accident last Saturday is any indication, hundreds, perhaps thousands will be on hand for the 1 p.m. service at the Revival Christian Fellowship Church at 29220 Scott Rd. in Menifee, Calif.

"WE WOULDN’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD. WE WOULD EVEN HITCH HIKE IF WE HAD TOO," reads one of hundreds of comments Metal Mulisha website.

Another reads, "I wish all the boys will fire up their bikes for you one last time and lead you to your final resting place."

This website had more than 200 comments related to the Lusk tragedy, and Lusk items had more than 150,000 viewers from all over the world. An overwhelming majority expressed sympathy, shock and  good  wishes to Lusk's wife, Lauren, his family, and the Metal Mulisha group.

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Jeremy Lusk hardly forgotten, still 'on the ride of his life'

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In the wake of Jeremy Lusk's tragic death early Tuesday, as a result of a weekend crash during a freestyle motocross competition in Costa Rica, I was asked by a few people if any other top rider had perished at an FMX event.

The answer, which might surprise some, is no, according to memory and experts in a motocross discipline that began to flourish in the late 1990s.

These athletes are meticulous in training and are not reckless, contrary to some comments on a previous blog item.

The grace they exhibit, while performing handstands and seat grabs above and below their flipping bikes while soaring across 100-foot jumps, is a result of countless hours of practice in foam pits and on home courses.

The problem is, execution has to be nearly perfect to avoid serious consequences--and top riders, all of whom have experienced injury and concussion, understand that death is possible. Now a fatality has occurred and the FMX community remains in shock and mourning.

Here's a Metal Mulisha statement making the rounds, and it is inspirational:

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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

Jeremy Lusk still in critical condition as a result of FMX accident in Costa Rica

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Action sports fans continue to pull for Jeremy Lusk, who remains comatose after a freestyle motocross accident in Costa Rica that was so painful to watch I refuse to post the video on this blog.

(Anyone who wants to see it knows the process.)

Seriously, all I hope for, as it pertains to Lusk and his family, is a happy ending to this story, which remains possible.

A Monday night update from a spokeswoman for the Metal Mulisha, for whom Lusk rides:

--Jeremy remains in a medically induced coma at Calderon Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica.

--He's still in very critical condition.

--Doctors have lowered his core body temperature to continue to treat swelling of the brain.

--Thankfully, his brain is functioning.

--Plans remain to transport Jeremy to a U.S. trauma center as soon as possible, perhaps as early as Tuesday morning.

--Jeremy's parents, Chuck and Gina Lusk, are with their son in Costa Rica.

The Metal Mulisha publicist reminds fans that an emergency fund to help defer costs of medical care has already been established and is set up to take donations.

All donations made through this site are earmarked directly for Jeremy's care. Donations are appreciated, but so are good wishes, which can work wonders.

--Pete Thomas

File photo of Jeremy Lusk courtesy of Metal Mulisha

Jeremy Lusk fund is accepting donations to help pay for injured FMX star's care

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The action sports world remains stunned but in support of freestyle motocross star Jeremy Lusk, who remains hospitalized and in critical condition after suffering a horrific weekend crash during a competition in Costa Rica.

An emergency fund to help pay for medical care has been established and is accepting donations. Those able to help can visit the Athlete Recovery Fund website and click on the donation button.

All donations made via this website are earmarked specifically for Lusk's care. As soon as Lusk's condition stabilizes he will be transported to a U.S.-based head trauma center.

Lusk, of Temecula, is a beloved action sports figure and member of the Metal Mulisha team of riders. The latest report posted on the MM website: "Jeremy’s condition is critical and the latest we've heard is that he's out of surgery and they're waiting for the swelling to go down on his brain."

Fans might also wish to visit the Pray for Jeremy Lusk blog for updates.

---Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of Metal Mulisha

Robbie Maddison, daredevil FMX star, to step it up tonight in Las Vegas

Robbie Maddison will ring in 2009 with another world-first motorcycle jump

Announcement: "Robbie Maddison will ring in 2009 with another world-first motorcycle jump. Captured on ESPN's live 'Red Bull: New Year. No Limits' special, this superstar will attempt to jump his bike more than 120 feet high, landing on top of the 96-foot-high and 40-foot-deep replica Arc de Triomphe in front of Paris Las Vegas, and then jump off of it in an acute showing of skill and bravery."

Reaction: Nice knowing you, Robbie.

But seriously folks, this Australian daredevil knows how to throw a New Year's Eve party. Remember last year, when "Maddo" broke the Guinness World Distance Jump record (see above photo sequence, courtesy of Red Bull)? He leaped 322 feet, 7 inches over a football field.

Afterward he wrote on his blog: "The Red Bull Experiment is only the start of something great for me and long distance jumping. I want to take it to a whole other realm and really show everyone out there what is possible on a dirt bike."

That new realm is again Las Vegas, but with a different look. The Australian freestyle motocross star is upping the ante, with life-or-death consequences, and what happens in Vegas will air tonight on ESPN/ESPN HD, during a special that follows the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approximately 8 p.m.)

For a teaser, please check out the video and learn a little more about Maddo and his endeavor. For more information, check out the Red Bull site and the Sports Syndicate site. And be sure to watch the show, which should provide quite an encore to the football game.

A personal note to Maddo, and I feel funny typing this: Outposts wishes you a safe and prosperous New Year.

-- Pete Thomas

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