The tragic news has broken that 41-year-old BMX legend Dave Mirra has been found dead in North Carolina of an apparent suicide.
Greenville police confirmed that they responded to a report on Thursday night and arrived to find Mirra’s body inside the truck with a self-inflicted shotgun wound, reports ABC7.
Dave is survived by his wife and two children. A statement from Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, reads:
“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.”
To say that Dave Mirra was a legend of BMX is an understatement. He was one of the pioneers of the sport and was respected not just in the community but across the world as a result of his riding.
Dave was on a bike by the age of five, taking on dirt jumps and showing that there was something special about this small American kid. He got his first sponsorship in 1987, aged just 13 after being spotted riding flatland at a General Bikes show. He would go on to accept a better sponsorship from Haro later that same year.