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.”