Law enforcement officers in North Carolina say the body of 41-year-old BMX legend and X-Games star Dave Mirra was discovered early yesterday with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mirra was one of the most-decorated X-Games participants, having won a medal every year between 1995 and 2008, receiving a total of 14 gold medals. His career record of 24 medals was only beaten by Bob Burnquist in 2013, and only Shaun White has won more X-Games medals.
Mirra’s achievements in the BMX arena included landing the first-ever double backflip in 2000 and a 360 no-handed backflip in 2009.
More recently he’d started competing in triathlons and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Canada in 2014, saying:
“The level of competition is much higher, and there are way more athletes. It was extremely satisfying to look around and see what I consider the best athletes in the world as my competition.”
Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered Mirra’s body in a truck.
Skateboarder Tony Hawk is among those who’ve paid tribute to him.
He leaves behind a wife, Lauren, and two daughters – Mackenzie and Madison.