“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 the Greenville mayor, Allen Thomas.
Police in Greenville North Carolina announced that Dave Mirra’s body was found earlier yesterday. Early responders and authorities discovered Mirra’s body in his truck from an apparent suicide.
Mirra, BMX star, X Games gold medal winner, holds 14 X Games Gold medals, was an accomplished athlete in his own right. He not only excelled at BMX racing and tricks, he was impressive as a Rally car driver, triathlon, Ironman and almost anything he touched. He will be sadly missed. Mirra leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
“It was never going to be that fun for me to go on riding on a plateau level and not keep progressing, but by the same token I got to a point where I really couldn’t take getting injured anymore in the name of progression,” Mirra said. “It put me in a stalemate. I probably could have milked BMX for a lot longer if I’d really wanted to, but that’s not my style.” – Retirement Interview with Dave Mirra back in 2013.