BMX bike superstar and former TV host Dave Mirra was found dead Thursday with a gunshot wound to his head. It is believed to be self-inflicted.
The 41-year-old BMX athlete is survived by wife Lauren Blackwell Mirra and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison.
Hours before he was found dead, Mirra posted twice on his Instagram. The first post is a picture of himself and his wife holding wine glasses, captioned, “My rock! Thank god.” Two hours after, he posted another picture of himself on a bike above a basketball ring captioned, “Rose high school Greenville Nc.”
According to police investigation, as reported by TMZ, Mirra’s truck with his lifeless body was found less than 1,000 feet from his former high school, Rose High in Greenville, North Carolina, where he grew up.
Mira’s fellow BMX rider and friend T.J. Lavin told TMZ, “I just wish he would have called me. I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”
Another friend and fellow biker, Carey Hart, turned to Twitter to express his grief and wrote: “I’m in complete shock. Angry, heart broken and just sad at the passing of my friend Dave. Heart broken 4 his daughters and wife.”
In the wake of his death, the Greenville, NC Police Department posted a press release on their Facebook page:
“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.”
The statement also includes a message from Allen Thomas, the mayor of the City of Greenville. He 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.”
Aside from his stint as a former BMX biker, where he was once the record holder as having won most number of medals, Mirra also hosted two seasons of the show “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” on MTV. He likewise hosted two seasons of the show “The Inferno.”
The Greenville Police Department is handling the investigation.