Dave Mirra, BMX legend, dies at 41 in North Carolina in ‘apparent suicide’


Dave Mirra speaks in a press conference during the summer X Games 14 on Aug. 3, 2008. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — BMX legend Davie Mirra was found deceased in Greenville on Thursday afternoon in what police are investigating as an “apparent suicide,” according to Greenville police.

At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, Greenville police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Greenville police said.

Mirra had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident, Greenville police said.

Considered an icon in the pro-BMX world, Mirra, was instrumental in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which now is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders.

The record-holding athlete is survived by 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,” said City of Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas.

The Greenville Police Department will be handling the death investigation.

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