BMX Legend Dave Mirra Dies at 41
Posted On Feb 05, 2016
We are sad to hear about the sudden passing of BMX bike legend, Dave Mirra. Dave, 41, tragically committed suicide yesterday in Greenville, North Carolina. He was found in his truck with a self-inflicted gun shot wound less than 1,000 yards from his former high school. Dave leaves behind his wife, Lauren, and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison.
According to the Greenville Police department, he was in town visiting friends. A few hours before Mirra was found, he posted two Instagram photos. One of him and his wife with the caption, “My rock! Thank god.” The other was a photo of himself riding his back in high school with the caption, “Rose high school Greenville NC.”
According to TMZ, Dave Mirra may have suffered from CTE, just like several ex-NFL players. This could have been a factor in his suicide. The cops are still gathering information, but he may have had CTE from all the head trauma during his BMX days.
Mirra was one of the most successful X-Games athletes ever. He won a medal at the X Games every year from 1995 through 2009, with the exception of 2006. He also hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenges in the early 2000s.
Celebrities took to social media to share their condolences. Former pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk said, “Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon, and legend. Thank you for the memories…we are heartbroken.”
Fellow BMX rider T.J. Lavin shared a pic saying “really love you guys…” He also shared this photo today.
Our thoughts are with Dave’s family during this difficult time.