BMX star Dave Mirra found dead from apparent suicide at 41

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BMX legend Dave Mirra found dead of apparent suicide
Friday February 5th, 2016

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.

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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.


Police will be investigating Mirra's death and will address the media on Friday morning.

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