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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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46.

M    

"TheDude"-- It is impossible for me to feel inferior to morons. Have a ****ty day, you sexist loser.

1448 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

why did they take down the video,,because it showed the bonehead jumping without a helmut..dahhh
now he really is going to be stupid,,he can hang around and share stories with that braindead guy that hulk hogans son took out..

1448 days ago
48.

Superman    

These guys and kids that do this stunt crap are playing with their lives every time they do it. So, it shouldn't be a shock that he messed himself up. However, I never saw his show, but undoubtedly there are worse shows on MTV that need a "big push" off the air.

1448 days ago
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pmc5121    

right on Yams... you took the words right out of my mouth..and midnight toker...you are pathetic...maybe you and the Dude should get together ...both pathetic losers.

1448 days ago
50.

jaleh    

wow i hope he gets better. He seems like a pretty cool guy

1448 days ago
51.

Nan    

WOW

UMC has ****ty docs and nurses!

1448 days ago
52.

Metro    

My thoughts and prayers are out there for you TJ!

1448 days ago
53.

terri sacks    

Lavs has not passed away!!!!

1448 days ago
54.

Gisselle     

I hope T.J recovers my prayers are with him... I like him a lot

1448 days ago
55.

Amber    

Best of luck to you TJ, Prayers and strength to your family...

1448 days ago
56.

UpdateOnTJ    

There was an update on TJ's twitter page. His brain swelling is going down and he is progressively getting better. HE IS NOT OUT OF THE WATER YET, but it seems to be positive.

1448 days ago
57.

smashley    

I was in love with him when he was in the X games back in 99.. yeah I was 10, whatever. wishing him a full recovery. <3

1448 days ago
58.

Prince    

Damn, TJ seems to be one of the kindest, driven, positive, laid back guy on TV. I have never met the man, but from TV he seems really great. I am sorry to see him get hurt., but i think his drive will bring him back. I was recently in a bad motorcycle accident and i know that is possible to recover even when you are close to the edge. God Bless you TJ. I am sending all my well wishes to his family and close friends. I pray his drive brings him back healthy from this accident. -Prince

1448 days ago
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sheilah2010    

prayers and thoughts to your family and friends, you are an awesome host and god will get you through this difficult time <3

1448 days ago
60.

Karen    

As TJ is my cousin, all we ask at this time is for those out there to keep him in your thoughts and prayers and to please respect the privacy of his friends and family.

1448 days ago
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