It is with the greatest sadness that we report…our beloved Jeremy Lusk passed away at approximately 11:03 PM PST this evening due to complications from the crash sustained Saturday evening in Costa Rica. Still in the Calderon Hospital Intensive Care Unit, he was surrounded by his loving Mother and Father, Chuck and Gina Lusk, his wonderful wife Lauren, his Mother and Father-in-Law Lynne and Larry and many of his closest Mulisha family members including Brian Deegan, Ryan Hagy, Cameron Steele and Erik Apple.
Please keep Jeremy and his family in your thoughts and prayers. All the warm thoughts, comments and support are comforting in these times.
We will provide further updates regarding arrangements as we get them.
Metal Mulisha has released this statement with the passing of their family and freestyle team member, Jeremy Lusk.
“A Warrior has Risen”
We want Jeremy to be remembered as the hardcore warrior that he was. He was never one to back down from any challenge life had to offer him on or off the track. As a fierce competitor, he rode to the top of the freestyle world embracing the risks of the sport with hardcore passion. As a Christian, Jeremy had faith that no matter what, he would always be on the ride of his life. To Jeremy, there was never a question of there being any consequences, especially doing something he loved. His drive, love, passion and commitment drove him to become the “baddest ass” rider of his time. He and his wife Lauren will always be part of the Mulisha family, and his memory will continue to push our group of friends to the outer limits of life.
From Metal Mulisha founder Teammate and Best Friend, Brian Deegan:
“Jeremy motivated me to be a better person, he was my best friend” said Deegan. 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.
From fellow Mulisha Teammate and close friend, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg:
Well, I was hoping I wouldn’t ever have to say this but, last night I lost one of my closest friends. I’m at a loss for words. I still feel like I’m in a bad dream and I’m gonna wake up tomorrow and go ride with Jeremy. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I feel for his wife and family. Were gonna miss u big worm! We’re gonna carry on for you like you would for us. We will always be brothers and I will keep your memory alive forever…
From Rick Alessandri, Senior Vice President, X Games Franchise:
“The ESPN family is very saddened by the death of Moto X competitor, Jeremy Lusk. Jeremy was a gifted athlete and an innovator. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeremy’s wife, Lauren, his parents Gina and Chuck and to the entire Lusk family.”
From Chris Stiepock, Vice President and General Manager, X Games Franchise:
“Jeremy Lusk had emerged as one of the world’s best freestyle moto riders as proven at last year’s X Games. He was a tremendous athlete and competitor and represented the sport of freestyle motocross very well.” I join Rick Alessandri and everyone at EXPN in extending our condolences to the many who knew and loved him.”
From Toby Bost, Chief Executive Officer, La Jolla Group:
“This is a tremendous loss for the entire motocross community and all of action sports. The Metal Mulisha team is very saddened by the loss of our friend and family member, Jeremy Lusk. He lived life to the fullest with an immense spirit and passion for the sport, and will always be known as a warrior. Our hearts pour out to his wife Lauren, his mother Gina, and his father Chuck. We know Jeremy is in a very good place and will always be a part of the Mulisha family.”
Jeremy was born in the San Diego area and resided in Temecula with his wife Lauren. He is the only child to Chuck and Gina Lusk who still reside in the greater San Diego area.
Birth date: 11-26-84
Marital Status: Married
Birth Place: San Diego, CA
Weight: 165 lbs.
Current Residence: Temecula, CA
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Started Riding: Age 3
Turned Pro: Age 19
* Career Accomplishments:
2008 X Games Mexico – Moto X Best Trick – Gold
2008 X Games Moto X Freestyle – Gold
2008 X Games Moto X Best Trick – Silver
2008 Red Bull X Fighters – Texas – 3rd
2008 Moto X World Championships Moto X Freestyle – Bronze
2007 AST Dew Tour – Overall – 4th
2007 AST Dew Tour – Orlando, FL – 4th
2007 AST Dew Tour – Salt Lake City, UT – 3rd
2007 AST Dew Tour – Portland, OR – 7th
2007 X Games Moto X Freestyle- 4th
2007 X Games Moto X Best Trick – 5th
2007 AST Dew Tour – Cleveland, OH – 7th
2007 AST Dew Tour – Baltimore, MD – 5th
2007 Red Bull X Fighters – Ireland – 4th
* Other sports and hobbies: Surfing and Weight Training
* Favorite: Music – Hip/Hop and Metal Movie – Road House
Food – Mexican Motorcycle – YZ 250
Car – BMW, Escalade, Honda Accord
Vacation Place – Rome
* First: Car – Chevy Cavalier Motorcycle – PW 50
* Pet Peeve: Storytellers
Funeral arrangements will be in the Murrieta/Menifee area; final arrangements are pending.
Efforts will continue as a Trust has been set up in Jeremy’s memory, The Jeremy Lusk Trust Fund. Donations can be made to Jeremy’s Trust through the Athlete Recovery Fund (www.athleterecoveryfund.com).
Jeremy Lusk’s Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 16th, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Revival Christian Fellowship Church
29220 Scott Road
All are welcome.