​Incredibly sad news has reached us today: Kelly McGarry, the gentle giant of freeriding has passed away while riding in Queenstown, NZ. The Otago Daily Times reported:

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UPDATE, Feb 1, 3:30pm PST

Stuff.co.nz is reporting that Kelly passed away from cardiac arrest while riding uphill - read the full article here. #RIP

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"A man has died while mountain biking in Queenstown.

Queenstown emergency services were called to the mountain bike crash on the Ben Lomond Track above Queenstown at 4.14pm. Police said the call was to a report of a male having fallen from his bike and requiring urgent medical assistance.

St John Central Lakes territory manager Kelvin Perriman confirmed a man had died.

"It looks like it's been a medical event.

"We've flown two paramedics from Queenstown up there. It is apparently at the back of the Ben Lomond track - it is a fairly remote area only accessed by helicopter. We believe its a gentleman in his late 30s declared deceased at the scene."

He was not able to confirm the man's nationality, or who raised the alarm.

We have been able to confirm that it was indeed Kelly McGarry who passed away, and we will provide further updates as and when we hear more.

Our thoughts go out to Kelly's family and friends - you will be sorely missed big guy. Shred In Peace.

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