BMX Legend Dave Mirra Dead at 41 Years

BMX Legend Dave Mirra

BMX legend Dave Mirra has died at the age of 41 years old. The Greenville Police Department in North Carolina took to their Facebook page to release details on the  record-holding athlete's death, revealing that it is currently being investigated as an apparent suicide. 


At approximately 4pm 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.

Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.

Mirra is probably best know for being the first person to land a double backflip in a competition. According to BMX legend, Jay Miron first pulled an undocumented double backflip in Europe in 1996, but Dave Mirra brought the double backflip to the public 4 years later. Mirra became the first to pull the trick in competition in May of 2000 at Mat Hoffman's Crazy Freakin' Biker Series, and a few months later, live from Pier 30 in San Francisco, CA, nearly everyone in attendance knew what to expect. The park course's perfectly transitioned box jump screamed "Double backflip," and Dave Mirra delivered, winning his eleventh X Games gold medal and changing the competitive spectrum of BMX forever. To this day, few BMXers step up to the double flip challenge.

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