By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Freestyle motocross rider Jeff “Ox” Kargola has passed away. He was 27.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He succumbed to his injuries after being involved in an accident in Mexico, according to reports.
He crashed during an eight-day motocross competition South of the Border. This event reportedly challenges the riders, which there were reportedly 30 — to travel 1,400 miles.
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Kargola had internal bleeding and a head injury following the accident. He had to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital in San Felipe.
He later passed away with his friends by his side.
“Words can’t express the emotions I am feeling,” said Cameron Steele, founder of the 2011 Desert Assassins’ Rip to the Tip competition, in a statement. “I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente.”
Johnny Campbell, who owned the race team that Kargola was competed with during the SCORE San Felipe 250, came back to the United States to help with his funeral arrangements. Kargola reportedly died during the second day of the Rip to the Tip event.
“Our group has decided that it’s best for Cameron and Ox’s closest friends to return to the states for a few days and join up with us hopefully later down the trail,” Campbell said in a YouTube video posted on riptothetip.com. He is the second Metal Mulisha competitor to pass away in recent years.
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In 2009, Jeremy Lusk passed away, as well.
“If anyone’s a pro, he’s a pro,” said Jim Shubin, vice president of sales and marketing for Metal Mulisha’s sister brand, True Love & False Idols. “He rode more than 10,000 miles a year in Mexico.”
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