BMX star-turned-triathlete Dave Mirra has passed away at 41 from an apparent suicide, according to Greenville, N.C. police reports. After retiring from his BMX and X Games career, Mirra competed in several triathlons—including at August’s Ironman Lake Placid—and said his goal was to qualify for the Ironman World Championship.
Mirra was a husband, father, mentor and friend to so many, and a passionate triathlete. By all accounts, he brought incredible energy, dedication and enthusiasm to all of his pursuits, and dared others to dream big right along with him. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts are with his family.
See the media release from the Greenville Police Department below:
At approximately 4 p.m. today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide.
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.
Considered an icon in the pro-BMX world, Mirra, was instrumental in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which now is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders. The record-holding athlete 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.
The family of Dave Mirra would appreciate privacy during this very difficult time.
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.