T.J. Lavin was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday evening after crashing his bike at a BMX Dew Tour qualifying event, TMZ reported early Friday. Lavin, who hosts MTV’s “The Challenge,” apparently lost control of his bike on a dirt down ramp, spilled off and landed in the trough. The video of the horrific crash was posted to YouTube, but it has since been pulled due to NBC asserting copyright control.
T.J. Lavin lost control of his bike when he somehow couldn’t get his feet back to the pedals on a descent onto a dirt ramp and went over the handlebars. He was immobile when friends and crew members ran to his aid. The BMX star was quickly rushed to a nearby University Medical Center hospital and placed in an induced comatose state.
According to ESPN, a hospital spokesperson said that the 33-year-old Lavin was in critical condition but would give no further details. ESPN also reported that T. J. Lavin also suffered a broken right wrist and some broken ribs from the crash.
TMZ reported that the BMX dirt biker was also experiencing swelling to the brain.
Lavin, a native of Las Vegas, was one of the first stars of the “X Games,” making his mark in the ’90s with a silver and two gold medals by 1999. He has been a major competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit. Since 2005, he has hosted “The Challenge” (MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge), a popular program that has stretched over 10 seasons.
Besides hosting his own MTV show, Lavin has appeared on an episode of MTV’s “Cribs.” He was the focus of a video game: “MTV Sports: TJ Lavin’s Ultimate BMX.”
Lavin is a motocross enthusiast and oversees several Las Vegas businesses. He also composes music. He taught himself to play piano and has appeared on several albums. He released an album of his own music, “LAVS: the first SET,” which he recorded in his own home studio.
The CelebTV.com video of T.J. Lavin’s crash follows.
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