The tragic news that BMX icon Dave Mirra has passed away has spread through the internet this morning.
Dave’s impact on the sport was so great that not only was he one of the most respected riders in recent memory, he was a household name.
Whether it was through his famous video game or the catalogue of tricks he had in his pocket, Dave was always on hand to inspire, and in that respect, nothing has changed.
The tributes have been pouring in online since the devastating story broke. Here are just some of the touching messages from the action sports community and beyond:
Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories... we are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/RHpTe7Qzwi
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 5, 2016
I'd risk the fall ,just to know how it feels to fly #RIPDaveMirra legends never die !!!
— Dan Lacey (@Laceyskate1988) February 5, 2016
Dave Mirra • 19 X Games appearances • 24 total medals • 14 gold medals • 6 silver medals • 4 bronze medals pic.twitter.com/SGqDuYrra5
— X Games (@XGames) February 5, 2016
I feel sick. I'm mourning Dave Mirra.
— Sebastian Keep (@sebastiankeep) February 5, 2016
— Garrett Reynolds (@thrashtheshred) February 5, 2016
Seriously such a shock and sad news, my child hood hero... RIP Dave Mirra it was an Honor to get… https://t.co/AYhisMgcZ5
— Pat Casey (@PatcaseyBMX) February 5, 2016
I'm in complete shock. Angry, heart broken and just sad at the passing of my friend Dave. Heart broken 4 his daughters and wife. #DaveMirra
— Carey Hart (@hartluck) February 5, 2016
Dave Mirra was a true sportsman. He inspired so many people and changed the game in action… https://t.co/bSkYw1Nv76
— Chas Guldemond (@ChasGuldemond) February 5, 2016
— aaron ross (@theaaronross) February 5, 2016
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) February 5, 2016
This guy made me want to ride half pipe on a bike. RIP Dave Mirra. You left a mark on me. MK. pic.twitter.com/zmnpIrIAOE
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) February 5, 2016
— Chad Kerley (@Chadkerley) February 5, 2016
I always looked up to Dave mirra as a child, breaking bones to try the things he did on a bike he made me want to be a pro bmx rider.. #rip
— Greg Bretz (@gregbretzz) February 5, 2016
RIP Dave Mirra. You're a legend man. Shred in peace..
— Tom Wallisch (@TWallisch) February 5, 2016
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) February 5, 2016
Rest in Peace Dave Mirra. Thank you for pushing the boundaries of what was possible. You are a legend.
— Brian Kachinsky (@bkachinsky) February 5, 2016
— Danny way (@dannyway) February 5, 2016
At a loss for words right now. RIP to one of the greatest there ever was, Dave Mirra. https://t.co/TYbF3hDE00
— Ride BMX Magazine (@RIDEBMX) February 5, 2016
RIP Dave Mirra, thanks for always beating me in 14-15 expert flatland and never letting me forget about it.
— Brian Tunney (@briantunney) February 5, 2016
BMX lost a legend today. RIP Dave Mirra. Thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.
— adam lz (@Adam_LZ) February 5, 2016
Another great lost too soon! Dave Mirra was such a big influence for me growing up, absolutely heart broken.
— Greg Williamson (@greg_williamson) February 5, 2016
— Fox Head Inc. (@foxheadinc) February 5, 2016
Not much to say. RIP legend. https://t.co/wOZh0joNcg
— Rémy Métailler (@remymetailler) February 5, 2016
So sad to hear about the loss of Dave Mirra. @davemirra such a huge part of action sports for so long #❤️
— Elena Hight (@Elenahight) February 5, 2016
— BSD BMX (@bsdforever) February 5, 2016
Childhood idol and truly larger than life. Dug this game up and gonna be playing aimlessly… https://t.co/SSQzjXurKI
— Cameron Zink (@CamZink) February 5, 2016