BMX legend Dave Mirra has passed away at the age of 41 in Greenville, NC, from an apparent suicide. According to a statement issued by the Greenville Police Department, Mirra was found sitting in his truck with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. He leaves behind his wife and two children.
|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. - Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, NC|
In addition to inspiring countless fans over the course of his storied career, Dave Mirra amassed an incredible number of X Games podium appearances, including a total of 14 gold medals for his performances on a BMX bike. He then turned his focus to rally car racing in 2010, racing for Subaru in the Global RallyCross championships, and then at the age of 40 once again turned his gaze to a new athletic endeavor - triathlon racing. His presence in the action sports world will be severely missed. If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (USA), the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK), and the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14 (Australia).