Authorities found X Games legend Dave Mirra dead Thursday evening in Greenville, N.C.
According to Greenville PD, the 24-time X Games medalist’s appears to be a suicide.
BMX Icon @davemirra dead at 41 of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. https://t.co/G6eBcip45f
— Greenville Police (@GreenvillePD) February 5, 2016
In addition to sitting atop the X Games’ all-time medal count, Mirra gained international fame by becoming the first person to land a double back-flip on a bike back in 2000.
Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters.
“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,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement. “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,” Thomas said.
The extreme sports community also addressed Mirra’s death on social media.
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 interviewed Mirra just 3 months ago…he was the ultimate family man while taking time to talk w/ all of his fans. pic.twitter.com/tBmeTrD7J1
— Patrick Quinn (@PatrickWNCT) February 5, 2016
Rest in Peace Dave Mirra. Thank you for pushing the boundaries of what was possible. You are a legend.
— Brian Kachinsky (@bkachinsky) February 5, 2016
Heartbroken by the news of Dave Mirra. One of the nicest guys I ever dealt with at X Games and Dew Tour. A true pro. https://t.co/qSNlRTMRwp
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 5, 2016