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Dave Mirra Found Dead at 41 From Apparent Suicide

"A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon."


BMX legend Dave Mirra, an X Games champion who had his own series of video games in the early 2000s, was found dead in a truck today in Greenville, North Carolina from an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police said. He was 41.

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From the police report, released by Greenville PD today on Facebook:

"At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident."

Greenville mayor Allen Thomas said Mirra was 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 too soon."

Authorities are currently investigating Mirra's death. Thomas and Greenville's chief of police will address the media tomorrow, Friday, February 5.

Mirra is best known for the mark he left on the BMX world, but he also participated in rally car races and Ironman events. Additionally, he hosted MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge for two seasons.

He was the star of Acclaim's 2000 extreme sports game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and its 2001 sequel Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2. Mirra's other video game credits included Dave Mirra BMX Challenge (2006) and Dirt 2 (2009), the latter of which he appeared as a featured driver.

Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.

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