05:48 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 11/03/2012 02:30PM
Talk about a happily ever after!
Two years after a horrific crash that left him in a coma, BMX icon TJ Lavin is a married man.
The host of MTV's The Challenge wed longtime fiancée Roxanne Siordia, 32, Friday night in Las Vegas. The nuptials at City Hall came eight years to the day that the duo met.
"We always knew we wanted to get married on Nov. 2 because that's when we met," Lavin, 35, told PEOPLE. "I knew I was gonna marry her the second I met her. We thought about doing it at the drive-thru but we couldn't go through with it, so I said I was down for City Hall. Fancy weddings aren't our thing."
Originally posted 04/12/2011 11:35AM
TJ Lavin is headed back to the operating room to try to repair the wrist he broke following a horrific BMX dirt-bike crash last year.
The wrist surgery, his second since the crash, is minor, but it will help him regain the feeling lost in three fingers.
"I'm at about 40 percent on being able to move my wrist around," the host of MTV's The Challenge told PEOPLE Monday. "I've been wearing a brace lately to get the movement back and I have to get some carpel tunnel surgery. After that, everything will be sweet."
All along a chance existed that Lavin, 34, would have to undergo more surgery on his wrist, so the news didn't necessarily come as a surprise, nor is it seen as a setback. The surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, but Lavin expects it soon.
Originally posted 02/13/2011 12:00PM
Four months after a horrific bike crash that left him in a coma, BMX star TJ Lavin is ready to go from one extreme to another.
With his dirt biking career finished, the host MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge is getting prepared to race off-road trucks, possibly as early as this year, he revealed to PEOPLE in an exclusive interview.
"I'm on to bigger and badder things," said Lavin, 34, speaking to the media for this first time since his accident, after which he was in an eight-day medically-induced coma.
Originally posted 11/16/2010 01:10PM
A brutal BMX accident forced doctors to put him into a medically induced coma, but now TJ Lavin is finally home.
"He's making a lot of progress," Lavin's fianceé Roxanne Siordia tells PEOPLE. "He starts outpatient rehab (Tuesday). Everything is going good. He loves being at home on the couch with his dogs."
While Siordia says the adjustment hasn't been too difficult for Lavin, 33, there are still a few things he misses.
Originally posted 11/15/2010 04:45PM
One month after a horrific bike crash put him in a Las Vegas trauma unit and a medically induced coma, TJ Lavin has gone home from the hospital.
Lavin, 33, has "crawled out of a deep hole," his mother, Barbara "Bobbi" Lavin, told Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke. "He is now walking, talking, eating on his own and is getting his sense of humor back."
Lavin, the host of MTV's Real World Road Rules Challenge, was injured while competing in a dirt qualifying round in the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas.
Originally posted 10/22/2010 05:00PM
TJ Lavin has taken some big steps on the long road to recovery.
The BMX rider and MTV host is now able to breathe and be fed without tubes, which were removed Thursday. And now he has started mumbling words to his family.
"He's answering questions," friend and business partner Chas Aday tells PEOPLE. "He'll say 'yes' a little bit and he knows where he is, but he's not opening his eyes yet."
Lavin, 33, has been in the trauma unit of a Las Vegas hospital since Oct. 14 following a horrific bike crash that led him to be put into a medically induced coma to reduce brain swelling.
Originally posted 10/20/2010 05:00PM
It's one of the worst things any mother could face – seeing her son in critical condition. But as TJ Lavin gets better, Barbara Lavin gets better, too.
"I'm good," she told PEOPLE on Tuesday, five days after her son was put in a medically induced coma after crashing his BMX bike in Las Vegas. "Last night, not so much, but we talked to the doctor, and he made me feel so much better."
TJ was diagnosed with pneumonia on top of his crash injuries, but the antibiotics seem to be working. "He seems to be a little better," Barbara said. "His oxygen rate is a little better. The doctor was so reassuring."
But make no mistake: "It's killing me," she said of her son's struggle.
Originally posted 10/20/2010 08:45AM
TJ Lavin is waging a war against pneumonia, likely because of the breathing tube that is assisting the injured BMX rider in his medically induced coma. But his family has received good news from doctors – his brain appears to be fine after his horrific crash last week.
"Everything is good there," Lavin's friend and business manager Chas Aday told PEOPLE on Tuesday. "Doctors are not expecting any [brain damage], but we're just not going to know until he wakes up if there is any loss or how bad it is going to be."
Doctors are hoping to have the pneumonia treated and the breathing tube removed by the weekend to re-evaluate his condition. As yet, doctors haven't tried to remove either his breathing tube or feeding tube.
Originally posted 10/19/2010 06:15PM
If anyone has the strength to pull through a coma, it's MTV host TJ Lavin, says his close pal Sal Masekela.
"He has the most amazing spirit and will to live," the former E! host told PEOPLE at the Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Skins Classic at Trump National Golf Course in Los Angeles. "He is someone who has banked up an immense amount of good karma over the course of his life."
Masekela says Lavin's mom, who has been "by his side constantly," also feels "absolutely positive knowing that [Lavin] is going to be okay."
Originally posted 10/18/2010 07:30AM
It was supposed to be TJ Lavin's swan song, his final ride as a professional BMX rider. But the ride during the Dew Tour that landed the MTV host in a hospital Thursday with a medically-induced coma was also one he didn't want to do, several friends told PEOPLE.
Lavin, 33, was shaken up one day prior to his crash after friend and fellow BMX rider Ty Pinney was severely injured after crashing his own bike in Lavin's backyard bike course in Las Vegas. Pinney is currently in a coma, a mere five hospital beds away from Lavin.
"TJ was devastated," Lavin's and Pinney's friend Oliver Abbas said.
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