BMX star Dave Mirra dies after apparent suicide

Washington: BMX star, X Games champion and former MTV host Dave Mirra died on Thursday in an apparent suicide, authorities in the US state of North Carolina said. He was 41.

Dave Mirra
Dave Mirra

Police in the town of Greenville that Mirra called home said they discovered the former bike star’s body in a truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday afternoon. Issuing a statement calling him an “icon in the pro-BMX world," police said they were investigating the death as an apparent suicide.

He had been visiting friends in the area shortly 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," Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in the statement.

"A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon." ESPN called Mirra 'one of the most decorated athletes' in the history of the sports network’s extreme sports X Games. According to his website, he won 24 medals total, taking gold 14 times. Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.

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