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Police: BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide

/ 07:05 PM February 05, 2016
Photo from DaveMirra.com

Photo from DaveMirra.com

GREENVILLE, North Carolina — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck. They say he had been visiting friends in the area.

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Mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra “a great friend and wonderful human being.”

Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.

He also hosted MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” and two video games carried his name.

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