GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People in Greenville and throughout the world are mourning the death of BMX legend Dave Mirra.
He lived in the city and helped grow the popularity of BMX in the east. Mirra was found dead Thursday afternoon.
Greenville Police said at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered 41-year-old Dave Mirra, 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 an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.
Mirra was instrumental in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which now is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders. He is survived by his wife and two children.
“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 City of Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas.
The Greenville Police Department will be handling the death investigation. A toxicology screening will be conducted in the coming weeks.
Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman and Greenville mayor Allen Thomas, along with GPD Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter, addressed the media Friday morning at GPD headquarters on the circumstances surrounding Mirra’s death. Few new details were offered, but it was confirmed that there was not a suicide note. It’s also unlikely that we’ll ever know why Mirra chose to end his own life.
“There’s absolutely nothing that would lead us to believe that there’s an accident,” said Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman. “The detectives conducted interviews at the scene with several individuals, family members and really everything in this case just points to a suicide.”
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK.
The family of Dave Mirra has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.