X Games icon and BMX stunt man Dave Mirra has reportedly died with claims leading to apparent suicide. At the age of 41, and married with two kids, Mirra’s body was found yesterday in the back of his truck at home, showing signs of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Many of the 4-One community will remember Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX which released for consoles and PC in 2000. Similar to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles, the game involved players performing various flips, grinds and tricks on BMX and skatepark-like circuits.
“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,” said the Greenville mayor, Allen Thomas.
During his career, he won 24 medals and 14 gold medals at X Games. He was known for his BMX riding, but also engaged in rally driving, triathlons and iron man races. In1993, his career nearly ended when he was hit by a drunk driver.
Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories… we are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/RHpTe7Qzwi
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 5, 2016
“I just wish he would have called me,” fellow BMX pro T.J. Lavin told TMZ. “I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”
May you rest in peace, Dave Mirra.