BMX bike star Dave Mirra, who once held the record for most X Games medals, was found dead at the age of 41, according to the Greenville, N.C. police department.
Police said Mirra was found sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident.
"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. 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," Greensville mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement.
Skater Tony Hawk posted the following message on his Twitter page:
Mirra medaled at every X Games from 1995 to 2008. He finished his career with 24 total medals, 14 of which were gold.
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Police will be investigating Mirra's death and will address the media on Friday morning.