BMX icon Dave Mirra dead from apparent suicide

Posted at 7:59 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 04:20:24-05

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Professional BMX icon Dave Mirra, 41, is dead of an apparent suicide, according to Greenville, North Carolina police.

Officers responded at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday and discovered Mirra sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot would. Police say he had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident.

Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.

"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 City of Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas.