Pro-BMX rider and former MTV host Dave Mirra was found dead on Thursday night at the age of 41.
The Guardian has reported that Mirra's body was found in a truck by North Carolina police, after responding to reports of an apparent suicide. According to a press release posted by the Greenville Police Department on their Facebook page, Mirra died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Greenville mayor, Allen Thomas also commented on Mirra's death:
“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"
Just hours before his death, Mirra took to Instagram to share a throwback image of himself with his wife, Lauren Blackwell Mirra, calling her his "rock."
Mirra found fame as a star BMX rider, winning 14 gold medals at X Games over the years. His career was almost prematurely ended in 1993 when he was hit by a drunk driver, but he was able to recover and go on to win 24 medals, a record only broken in 2013. In addition to his sporting prowess, Mirra also found fame as the host of Real World/Road Rule Challenge on MTV.
Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren, and two young daughters, our thoughts are with them at this time.