Ben Lynch Death: A Snowboarding Icon Lost to Suicide

In a tragic turn of events, the snowboarding community mourns the loss of one of its beloved figures, Benjamin Kenneth Lynch, known as Ben Lynch, who tragically took his own life.

A Life Lived on a Board

Ben Lynch was more than just a snowboarder. He was an athlete, friend, son, brother, husband, father, and uncle. Born and raised in Kremmling, Colorado, his adventurous spirit was nurtured by his mother, Cynthia Lynch.

His childhood interests were diverse, including snowboarding, dirt biking, Boy Scouts, ice hockey, soccer, drum playing, bagpiping, and even rattlesnake hunting. His brothers, Allan and Ehren Miller, instilled toughness, respect, and a sense of brotherhood in him.

Venturing Out to Pursue His Passion

At the age of 16, Lynch left home to travel with Airblaster and K2. These adventures allowed him to experience the deepest snow and hone his skills in inspiring others, filmmaking, exploring, carving, and performing jaw-dropping backflips that became known as the famous “Ben-Lynch-lay-one-out”.

Despite his travels, Lynch always rooted himself in Grand County and Grand Lake. Upon returning home, he worked alongside his father, Craig Schmuck, at Native Sons.

Cause of Death

Lynch’s cause of death was suicide. This tragic event has left a void in the hearts of his family, friends, and the snowboarding community.

Tributes Pour In

A memorial service for Lynch was held on May 22, 2021, at the Grand Lake Town Park in Grand Lake, Colorado. The service was an opportunity for family, friends, and the snowboarding community to come together to remember Lynch and celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family has encouraged donations to organizations dedicated to mental health awareness, sports-related traumatic head injuries, or alcohol abuse.

The loss of Ben Lynch serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing mental health crisis. It underscores the importance of providing resources and support to individuals struggling with mental health issues.

Our deepest condolences go out to Ben Lynch’s family, friends, and the snowboarding community during this difficult time.

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