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BMX athlete Dave Mirra Dies at Age 41

BMX athlete Dave Mirra Dies at Age 41

Dave Mirra’s death is being investigated as an apparent suicide, the Greenville Police Department said Thursday. Police said they found Mirra in a truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dave Mirra, an icon in the world of BMX biking and one of the most successful athletes in X Games history, was found dead Thursday in his hometown of Greenville, N.C. Police said that the 41-year-old was discovered in his truck with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, and they are considering it a suicide, pending further investigation.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement. “He called Greenville, North Carolina, home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”

Mirra grew up near Syracuse, N.Y., and demonstrated a love for BMX biking at a young age. Best known for his talent in high-flying “vert ramp” competitions, Mirra won a record 24 medals at the X Games, and he medaled in that event every year from 1995 to 2008.

He lent his name to a video game, “Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX,” of which versions were released in 2001 and 2002, and he hosted two seasons of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” The current host of that show, T.J. Lavin, is also a BMX star, and he had this to say to TMZ Sports:

“I just wish he would have called me. I would have jumped on a plane in a second,” Lavin said. “There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”

Mirra leaves behind a wife, Lauren Blackwell Mirra, and two daughters. On Thursday, hours before he was discovered dead, Mirra apparently posted to Instagram a photo of himself and his wife, along with the caption, “My rock! Thank god.”

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