Rhode Island

Former Pro BMX Rider Kevin ‘K-Rob' Robinson dies at age 45

A former professional BMX rider who set a world record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip has died.

The wife of Rhode Island native Kevin "K-Rob" Robinson tells The Providence Journal her husband suffered an apparent stroke Saturday. He was 45.

Robin Adams Robinson says the death was unexpected.

Kevin Robinson earned gold medals in the X Games and retired from competition in 2013.

He jumped 84 feet in Providence last year, setting a world record.

The East Providence native created the nonprofit K-Rob Foundation to improve children's lives in his hometown and surrounding communities. He built East Providence's first free public skate park.

Robinson visited schools to talk about perseverance and created a protective clothing line for children.

He lived in Barrington with his wife and three children.

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