Alex Harvill, the daredevil motorcyclist, died on June 17 while warming up for a world-record motorcycle jump. Harvill was just 28 years old. The tragedy occurred in the first event of the Moses Lake Airshow at Grant County International Airport in Washington.

Harvill appeared to have landed short of the ramp, hitting the edge and being catapulted from his bike. Harvill was promptly taken to the hospital but later passed away.

“Coroner Morrison’s staff will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure,” the Grant County Coroner’s Office said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones.”

Harvill set a record in 2013 for the longest dirt-to-dirt motorcycle ramp jump of 297 feet. On this occasion, his eyes were set on breaking Robbie Maddison’s 2008 Guinness World Record by flying over 351 feet.


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Harvill documented his excitement for the world-record attempt on Instagram. In a post on June 6, Harvill said, “Come watch me hit this ramp June 17th”.

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