AceShowbiz - BMX rider Pat Casey has been posthumously celebrated by his fellow riders. The 29-year-old tragically passed away from a motocross track crash on Tuesday, June 6, and his friends could not help but express their sadness in social media tributes.
One tribute came from Pat's pal T.J. Lavin who shared on his Instagram account a photo of Pat standing behind his bike in a track. Along with the Wednesday, June 7 post, Lavin penned, "The world lost one of the baddest to ever do it."
Lavin went on to share his grief by writing, "I'm so sorry for his wife and kids. @patcaseybmx will forever be remembered for the down to earth sweetheart of a guy that he was. #bmxfamily."
Kyle Baldock, in the meantime, let out an Instagram video capturing him and Pat on a BMX track. Along with the short clip, he lamented, "I can't believe I'm writing this, today we lost an Icon! Pat thank you for blessing all of us with your kind and loving personality."
"You are the toughest person I have ever met, we have been friends since ASA days which is like 10 years ago and you always have inspired me to go harder. We all will miss you so much it doesn't seem real," he continued.
"This video is from Toyota challenge were you dislocated your shoulder in one of your runs and the medics couldn't get it in, your tough as they come bro," Kyle further explained the footage. "I love you bro and my thoughts are with your whole family and friends. Rest Easy Pat."
Pat was also honored by other riders in the comments section of his own Instagram post. Under a Saturday, June 3 post, Tyler Fernengel stated, "See you on the other side my brother. Thank you for the years of love." Meanwhile, Tyler Rizzi showed his love by saying, "I love you brother. I will continue to look up to you on every aspect in life. RIP."
Pat's tragic passing was confirmed by the San Diego County Department of the Medical Examiner. In a statement, the medical examiner's office office noted that prior to his death, Pat was at the Slayground Motocross Park in Ramona, California with a group of friends.
"The decedent was riding a motocross bike when he lost control and was ejected," the statement read. "Bystanders placed a 9-1-1 call and paramedics were dispatched. Upon arrival of paramedics, the decedent was pulseless and apneic and advanced cardiac life support measures were initiated. Despite lifesaving efforts, he could not be resuscitated and his death was pronounced."
Pat was survived by his wife, Chase Casey, as well as their 8-year-old son, Reid, and 7-year-old daughter, Taytum.