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BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41

Published 05/02/2016

Dave Mirra has died aged 41 (AP)
Dave Mirra has died aged 41 (AP)

Veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died, police in the United States say. He was 41.

Police in Greenville, North Carolina said on Thursday that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day.

Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck. They say he had been visiting friends in the area.

Greenville mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra "more than a sports figure. He's a loving member of this community, and that remains".

Thomas said on Friday that he had talked with Mirra for about 20 minutes outside a restaurant just hours before he died. Mirra had some exciting things he wanted to plan for children in Greenville, the mayor said.

Thomas said while Mirra was known around the world, to many in Greenville he was "just a dad, just a friend".

Steve Astephen, a longtime family friend and Mirra's agent, released a statement on behalf of the family, saying: "Dave's wife and family are shocked and saddened by the loss of such a remarkable person whom they loved so deeply. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers and for respecting their privacy through this difficult time."

Mirra, from Chittenango, New York, near Syracuse, was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, taking a medal every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 golds. His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.

He also hosted MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge and two video games carried his name.

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