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X Games Champ Sarah Burke

Dies After Skiing Accident

1/19/2012 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sarah Burke
Freestyle skiing legend Sarah Burke -- a 4-time X Games gold medal winner -- died today from injuries sustained during a recent skiing accident.

The 29-year-old Canadian crashed hard during a training session at the Park City Mountain Resort superpipe in Utah on January 10.

According to reports, Burke went into cardiac arrest shortly after the accident -- but was resuscitated and airlifted to a nearby hospital ... where she underwent major surgery to repair a tear in a major artery. 

But Sarah's injuries proved to be too severe and she was placed on life support. Sarah's publicist confirms she died today, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She is survived by her husband, fellow freestyle skier Rory Bushfield.

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Josh    

@Chris Naz. - Somehow peddling for donations for the family on TMZ just doesn't seem quite right. I feel very bad for this beautiful girl's family, but I don't think the remedy is for the world to send them money. Other people, average people, die every day, and are able to handle their financial affairs. Not to mention, being an Olympic gold winner, she probably had some life insurance in place.

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ThatsPrincessToYou    

What a horrible tragedy! May she rest in peace!

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Slconfidential    

RIP

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Dorinha    

So sad. My condolences to Sarah's family. You were a wonderful ambassador for your sport, Sarah, and I was so looking forward to watching you compete in Sochi.

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Slconfidential    

RIP

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D    

It is so sad. I pray for the family.

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Jackie    

such a shame, so young..pretty girl too

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obama'saracist    

this is only sad for those she left behind,she is riding a huge mountain right now with the best powder you could never imagine

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wundersmack    

Oh no... so very sad to hear this news. Thank you, Sarah, for your example of determination and bravery out there.

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Happy    

:(!

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northern gypsy    

i just had a sick feeling in my stomach when the family cancelled the news conference a few days ago...
tragic in every sense of the word...condolences to her family & friends

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fran    

Horrible loss....RIP Sarah...condolences to husband and family

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IceGypsy    

Sad news indeed. RIP Sarah. You made us proud. Our thoughts are with your family.

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Flame    

This is a shame. She was very talented and pretty. I feel for her husband. He's losing her too soon. My prayers to her family.

925 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

OMG! So awful! I wish her and her family peace.

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