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BMX Star T.J. Lavin in Coma After Major Crash

10/15/2010 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1015_tj_lavin_bmx_youtube_thumb T.J. Lavin -- a BMX star and host of MTV's "The Challenge" -- is currently in a medically induced coma after losing control of his bike and crashing during a jump at a BMX event last night.

TJ Lavin
Lavin was competing in a Dew Tour event in Las Vegas -- when he hit a dirt ramp, lost control, and slammed down onto the ground. Friends and crew workers immediately rushed to Lavin's side, but he didn't appear to be moving.

Lavin was rushed to nearby University Medical Center hospital ... where he was placed into a medically induced coma.

We're told Lavin is also experiencing brain swelling and is listed in critical condition.

UPDATE: A rep for MTV tells us,
“Our thoughts are with TJ. He is an important part of MTV’s extended family and we’re all praying for him."

As for Lavin's condition, a rep for the Dew Tour tells us, "he is in the intensive care unit and is currently stabilized."

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16.

jennabee    

Wow. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. Hoping he pulls through.

1382 days ago
17.

Broeheem    

Sh#t like this always seems to happen to good folk. Why couldn't it have been Lindsay Lohan (better yet - DINA), Snoooooookie, OKXwhatever.... or someone equally as vile?

1382 days ago
18.

Bobby    

these jumps are a hard sand/clay compound which is hard packed so thats why you seen barely any dirt come up.what he fell onto was the equivalent of black top.the reason for it being so packed is so bike wheels wont get caught in soft sand or ruts.i BMX`d skated and super crossed for years and even though it may have looked like a small tumble it deff did its damages.it does also look to me like he had no helmet on which is a pure dumb dumb move but i cant be certain by the angle and distance of the shot.best of wishes to yah TJ.....

1382 days ago
19.

D    

Wow, hope he will be ok. Thoughts with him and family.

1382 days ago
20.

sloppy seconds    

RIP. Just heard that he passed a few minutes ago. Sad.

1382 days ago
21.

Y do he got    

sounds like plywoodsheeting with spring ribbacking would be more forgiving than a rock to land on.

1382 days ago
22.

e33    

that sucks. He seemed like a good guy on mtv. If he wasn't wearing a helmet, he asked for it.

1382 days ago
23.

Michelle     

This is WHY you wear a HELMET! I feel for him and hope he is ok - but NOT setting a great example for kids! OR he just did.

1382 days ago
24.

carries big bucks only    

poor guy, hope he recovers and was he wearing a helmet? if he wasn't let it be a lesson for others.

1382 days ago
25.

ray    

bad...bad,bad

1382 days ago
26.

DF    

Don't listen to the trolls. TJ is still in ICU, but the doctors are very optimistic. He had a CT scan this morning; no better or worse. MRI later this AM.

1382 days ago
27.

Kristin M.    

It's not a rule that you have to wear a full-face helmet. I think Chad Kagey does, right? Because he doesn't want to get hurt, or he once did get badly hurt... It's at the BMXer's own choosing to wear one of those helmets. I mean, to wear a full-face helmet sort of takes the whole "bycycle" effect out of it and makes it more "Motocross", but if all of the good BMXers are going to get seriously hurt and slip into comas every other day, then I'm all for the full-face helmet. I can go either way with it. I love the way it looks, but I also like the old-school head helmets.

I hope he gets a full recovery.

1382 days ago
28.

Curious Skor    

TMZ Admin...can you confirm whether or not TJ is still alive? Based upon a comment from commenter "sloppy seconds" he has passed. Please advise?

1382 days ago
29.

vegas local    

@Michelle He was wearing a helmet. Of course he was wearing a helmet. TJ always wears a helmet!! And, this was the Dew Tour so they require helmets. Please stop being an uninformed, opinionated idiot.

1382 days ago
30.

AmyBee    

AWFUL! I hope he pulls through...

1382 days ago
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