BMX hero and star of the Freestyle BMX video game series, Dave Mirra, has recently been found dead in a truck in Greenville, North Carolina with an “apparent self inflicted gunshot wound” according to the police.
Allen Thomas, Mayor of Greenville, described the 41 year old X Games Champion as a “wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift. A young life with so much to offer was taken far too soon.”
Following a press conference yesterday concerning Mirra’s death Greenville Police Department confirmed, “We have been able to determine Mirra’s own gun was used and all preliminary findings of the medical examiner on-scene point to suicide.” Condolences were also offered on Twitter by the department:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to @davemirra‘s family and friends during this extremely difficult time
— Greenville Police (@GreenvillePD) February 5, 2016
Dave Mirra is best known for his extreme impact on the BMX scene, and was also observed for his participation in car rallies and Ironman events.
Having hosted Real World and Road Rules for two seasons, Mirra also appeared in his own series of video games, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX (2000), its sequel in 2001, and Dave Mirra’s BMX Challenge (2006). He additionally appeared as a driver in 2009’s Dirt 2.