A motorcycle stunt icon and multiple world champion has died in a tragedy that has rocked the extreme sports community.
Legendary stuntman Chris Pfeiffer has died aged 51 in a tragedy that has rocked the extreme sports community.
Pfeiffer, an icon of the motorcycle world, was confirmed dead by the BMW Motorrad team on Wednesday morning.
His body was reportedly discovered over the weekend.
“In memory of an outstanding stuntman and an amazing person,” BMW posted on Twitter.
“We will never forget all the memories we made together. Rest in peace, Chris! All our thoughts are with his family.
The former Guinness World Record holder is considered a “king” of motorcycle evolution that pushed the boundaries of freestyle and street performance.
He remains the only four-time winner of the prestigious Red Bull Scramble, held in Austria, and is best remembered for this first of several Guinness World Records in motorcycle long jumps when he jumped over 33 people without using ramp.
He has previously worked with skateboarding god Tony Hawk and Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
The former Red Bull athlete went into semi-retirement in 2015 after 20 years at the top of the freestyle bike circuit.
He said at the time that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Millions of people around the world mourn his death alongside his family – his wife Renate and his children Pia, Amelie and Hannes.
According to reports in Germany, he will be remembered at a March 26 funeral in Trauchgau, Germany.
In his retirement announcement in 2015, Pfeiffer wrote on Facebook: “After 20 years as a professional rider, I have decided it is time to stop riding shows. I’m 45 now and over the last few months it’s become more and more difficult to ride at the highest level. But that’s always been my ambition and I’ve always said that if I couldn’t improve, it would be time for me to stop and give way to the younger players.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve performed in thousands of shows around the world—in 94 countries! It was an unforgettable experience with countless adventures and experiences.
“I have worked hard to bring the sport stunt to the mainstream and to delight, excite and entertain many spectators. What a wonderful time I had!
“I competed in my last stunt competition in 2010 and not too long ago I competed in what was probably my last show. But one thing is for sure, I won’t stop riding, because riding is my life, that will never change.