'Devastating': Daredevil, 28, killed during world record attempt

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Daredevil Alex Harvill died attempting a world record stunt on his motorbike. Pic: Instagram
Daredevil Alex Harvill died attempting a world record stunt on his motorbike. Pic: Instagram

American daredevil Alex Harvill has tragically died after a horrific crash while attempting to set a world record on his motorbike.

He was only 28.

The stunt rider and father-of-two was rushed to hospital in Washington after a bad landing sent him flying over his handlebars during an attempt to set a world record motorcycle jump.

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Unfortunately, he later died from his injuries.

Harvill was trying to break the world record for a jump from a moveable, pre-built ramp to a dirt ramp, which currently stands at 351 feet (107m).

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However, the stunt went horribly wrong during the daredevil's first practice attempt.

Harvill got what appeared to be a good takeoff when he landed short of the downward slope on the landing ramp, only for his bike to come to an abrupt halt.

The 28-year-old's helmet flew off as he was thrown over the handlebars, twisting at least once before hitting the ground some six metres away.

Paramedics and members of Harvill's family rushed to his aid but it was some time before emergency workers could decide the best way to transport him to hospital, with a medical helicopter on standby.

Harvill was loaded into an ambulance and driven to the nearby Samaritan Hospital, but sadly his injuries proved fatal.

Alex Harvill leaves behind a wife and two sons. Pic: Instagram
Alex Harvill leaves behind a wife and two sons. Pic: Instagram

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The Grant County Sheriff's Office said Harvill died from the injuries he suffered during the accident and confirmed that an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause and manner of his death.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones," the Sheriff's office said.

The devastating tragedy left fans distraught as tributes to the young daredevil rolled in on social media.

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Harvill's tragic death comes just one month after he and wife Jessica celebrated the birth of their second child.

Jessica - who was at the air show with their children Willis, 5, and newborn Watson - said before the horrific accident that she'd gotten used to the risks her husband was taking.

"It's a little scary from time to time, but you've got to trust that he knows what he's doing," she said. "I've been around it so long its kind of just normal in a way, even though that sounds weird, because it's totally abnormal."

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