BMX icon Dave Mirra found dead in Greenville of apparent suicide – police

Professional BMX rider Dave Mirra poses as he arrives at the 13th annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood July 13, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith FSP/JK

Professional BMX rider Dave Mirra poses as he arrives at the 13th annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood July 13, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith FSP/JK

RALEIGH – BMX bike icon Dave Mirra died on Thursday after apparently shooting himself, according to Greenville, N.C. police.

Mirra, 41, was found dead in a truck where he lived at about 4 p.m., the Greenville Police Department said in a statement.

“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 the statement.

Mirra, a BMX biking pioneer, won 14 gold, six silver and four bronze medals in ESPN’s X Games from 1995 to 2009. His 24 medals tie him for the second most of all time, according to the network.

“Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories … we are heartbroken,” professional skateboarder Tony Hawk posted to Twitter on Thursday evening.

The husband and father of two daughters also competed in Rally Car racing and triathlons and was a host of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” according to ESPN.

From Reuters and staff reports.