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Feb 4, 2016 10:15 PM

BMX standout Mirra dead

GREENVILLE, NC- A Facebook post from the Greenville, NC Police Department reported that Mirra died in an apparent suicide Thursday, February 4.

"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."

Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.

In the posting, Greenville mayor Allen Thomas said, "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."

Greenville police will be investigating the incident.

The trick rider was well-known in the sport, and turned his skills into a celebrated career, which included being an MTV host.

Tony Hawk, competitive skateboarder and equally successful street sport athlete, called Mirra in a tweet Thursday a "true pioneer, icon and a legend."

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