BMX Star Dave Mirra Dies

Taken from   USA Today  which is found   HERE.

BMX legend Dave Mirra struggled with depression before he committed suicide Thursday, leading one government official to ask whether the repeated trauma Mirra suffered as an action sports athlete contributed to his death at age 41.

Greenville (N.C.) Police Chief Mark Holtzman told reporters at a news conference Friday that Mirra used his own handgun to inflict the lethal gunshot wound. Police found Mirra in his truck Thursday afternoon after the record-holder for the most X Games medals visited a friend where the two discussed future plans, Holtzman said.

“There is absolutely nothing that would lead us to believe this was an accident,” Holtzman said. “The detectives conducted interviews at the scene with several individuals, family members. Everything in this case points to a suicide.”

“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,” said Greenville mayor Allen Thomas in a statement. “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.”

Mirra once held the record for most X Games medals in history with 24 until he was surpassed by Bob Burnquist, according to his X Games profile. He won his first X Games medal in 1995 and won gold in BMX Park five consecutive times. Mirra was also the host of “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” on MTV.