Friday, February 5

GONE TOO SOON: X Games Biker And BMX Star Dave Mirra Dies At 41!

Games biker and BMX star, Dave Mirra has died aged 41

According to the police in North Carolina, his body was found early on Thursday with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dave was a former BMX champion and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history. He won several medals and picked up atleast a medal every year from 1995 to 2008, picking up 14 golds. His one-time record of 24 career medals was only broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist. Infact, the only person to have won more X Games gold medals than him is Shaun White.

Dave Mirra also hosted MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and had two video games – Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 1 and 2. Some of his many achievements include landing the first double backflip in 2000 and a 360 no-handed backflip in 2009. Only recently, he started competing in triathlons and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Canada in 2014.

“Ironman competitions are an entirely different ballgame,” he told Sports Illustrated.

“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.”

GONE TOO SOON: X Games Biker And BMX Star Dave Mirra Dies At 41!

According to the authorities, they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered Dave Mirra’s body in a truck. It’s learnt that he had been visiting friends in the area.

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

“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 said.

Dave Mirra left behind his wife and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison. It’s gathered that hours before his death, he posted a photo of himself and Lauren on Instagram.

R. I. P. Dave Mirra.

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