Our small rally community has been struck with tragedy, as extreme sports superstar Dave Mirra was found dead in his truck yesterday afternoon as the result of an apparent suicide.
I only had the opportunity to meet Mirra once, when he competed alongside Ken Block at the Rally of the Tall Pines. I found the guy to be fun, easy to talk to and excited to be beginning his rally career. A friend who lives in Greenville tells me that Mirra recently bought new bikes for all of the kids in his neighbourhood. He was that kind of guy.
In this short clip from 2010, Mirra talks to Monster Energy media crews about BMX and rally.
Greenville Police statement.
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.
The family of Dave Mirra would appreciate privacy during this very difficult time.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK.