Hawks, 25, had had been attempting a 40-foot backflip Sunday when he fell hard after landing and was airlifted to Reno's Renown Health Center. An official cause of death is pending an investigation, according to Reno's Washoe County Medical Examiner.
ESPN reports that Hawks' death is the third involving a competitive big-mountain freeskier in four years. It cited the 2008 death of John Nicoletta at the Freeskiing World Tour Championships at Alyeska in Alaska; and the 2007 death of Neil Valiton at an International Freeskiers Assn. event at Tignes, France.