Pro BMX athlete and former MTV host Dave Mirra has been found dead of an apparent suicide. He was 41.
According to law enforcement officials, Mirra’s body was found in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina on Thursday. The Greenville Police Department revealed on its Facebook page that his death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
"At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide," the statement began. "Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident.”
Mirra was one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history — until 2013, he held the world record for most X Games medals. He medaled in every X Game from 1995 to 2008, finishing his career with 24 total medals, 14 of which were gold.
From 2004 to 2005, Mirra hosted two seasons of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” He was also featured in the “Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX” video game series and its 2001 sequel.
Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas mourned the loss of Mirra in a statement, calling him “a great friend and wonderful human being.”
“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,” Thomas said. “A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”
MTV offered the following statement: “MTV sends their deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.” Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren Blackwell Mirra, and their two children.