In a Friday, June 24, 2005 file photo, X-Games athlete Dave Mirra poses in the half-pipe at his training facility in Greenville, N.C.

In a Friday, June 24, 2005 file photo, X-Games athlete Dave Mirra poses in the half-pipe at his training facility in Greenville, N.C. (Associated Press)

BMX Rider Dave Mirra Dies at 41 of Apparent Suicide

Lifestyle and Budget Associated Press

Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Continue Reading Below

Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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.

Mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra "a great friend and wonderful human being."

Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. 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.

What do you think?

Click the button below to comment on this article.