BMX Star Dave Mirra Commits Suicide
By Geoff Sloan [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
North Carolina authorities have confirmed that X Games legend Dave Mirra died yesterday of an apparent suicide.
The 41-year-old bike icon was found in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Hours before taking his life, Mirra took to Instagram to share a heartwarming message for his wife Laura. Now, it seems he was actually saying goodbye to her. The couple had two children together.
Mirra held the record for most X Games medals until Bob Burnquist broke it in 2013. Mirra was also a rally driver and competed in ironman and triathlons. He hosted 2 seasons of ‘Real World/Road Rules Challenge‘ on MTV.
Here’s what his good friend and colleague T.J. Lavin said about Mirra’s tragic death:
“I just wish he would have called me. I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”
Rest in peace!