Dave Mirra, the X Games legend and popular TV host, has died in North Carolina at age 41. Greenville police confirmed Thursday that the veteran biker’s body was found with a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to Associated Press, Greenville authorities responded to a suspected suicide and discovered Mirras’ body in a truck. Mirra was apparently visiting his friends in the area. He was married with two children.
Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, called Mirra “a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift.”
Thomas added, “He (Mirra) 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, who represented BMX, was one of the most accomplished athletes in X Games history. Between 1995 and 2008, he won 14 gold medals.
In 2013, Bob Burnquist superseded Mirra’s one-time X Games record of 24 career medals. Besides Shaun White, Mirra was the only athlete to win multiple gold medals over three consecutive X Games. He was also tied with Tony Hawk and Joe Parsons as the fastest to win 14 gold medals.
Dave Mirra shot into superstardom when he hosted MTV’s popular show “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” He also had two video games that carried his name.
Stay tuned for more updates on this tragic development. Tributes have been pouring in.
R.I.P. Dave Mirra.
Sadden by the news of the recent death of BMX Legend, Dave Mirra. May you rest in peace. 😔 pic.twitter.com/YpHO33EH4A
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