Jayo Archer, an Australian motocross rider who won two X Games medals, died while practicing a triple backflip trick in Australia on Wednesday, he was 27 years old.

Nitro Circus, the extreme sports group led by Travis Pastrana, confirmed Archer’s death in an Instagram post.

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“The Nitro Circus family is mourning the loss of Jayo Archer,” the group wrote.

“Jayo was the epitome of passion, hard work and determination. He took what was possible on a dirt bike to heights never seen before. A positive influence on those around him. And above all, a great human being and friend to all of us.

“We send our thoughts and love to Jayo’s family and friends… We love you friend. Travel in peace.”

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General view of an X Games logo at X Games California on July 20, 2023, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Ventura, California. (Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Archer was the youngest competitor to perform a motorcycle backflip over 75 feet when he was 15 years old. He was also the first motocross rider to perform a triple backflip at the Nitro World Games tournament in November 2022.

According to Australian media, Archer planned to attempt the world’s first quadruple backflip later this year.

“This really hit me,” Pastrana told ESPN. “Jayo grew up in a time when action sports were at their peak and he always wanted to do big things like the double and triple, even though there weren’t many places to show off those bigger tricks.

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General view of motocross bikes. (M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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“He got up every morning at 4 a.m. and went to the gym before work so he could ride his dirt bike. When he came to Maryland to train, he stayed at my house and was an incredible role model for my kids.” “He was a great human being first, a great worker second and a bad son of a bitch third.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Sam