Just devastating! BMX superstar Dave Mirra took his own life on Feb. 4 and the news is such a total shock. He had a loving wife, children and a several successful businesses yet he committed suicide in his truck after visiting friends in Greenville, NC.
This is such gut wrenching news! Dave Mirra was a beloved BMX racing legend, and not only being a total hero to all fans of the sport, he was also known to a whole new group of people when he hosted the popular reality show The Challenge on MTV for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. We still don’t know the reason for Dave’s decision to take his own life, but we do know plenty about his amazing 41 years on Earth. Read on for more details about Dave’s amazing accomplishments.
Let’s get to know five things about Dave’s incredible achievements:
1. Dave was an X-Games superstar.
Dave held the record in most X-Games medals in BMX racing with 24 of them until being surpassed by Bob Burnquist in 2013. and medaled in every X Games from their inception in 1995 all the way through 2008.
2. He helped put Greenville, NC on the map as “Protown” for many BMX riders.
Dave moved to Greenville in the 1990’s to live with his brother Tim. Fellow professional BMX rider Ryan Nyquist moved in with Dave and they quickly became best friends, going on to build and ride ramps together. More racers moved to the town for the camaraderie, and it’s now home to over 20 BMX pro’s, thus the nickname “Protown”
3. He built one of the world’s biggest BMX training facilities.
Dave eventually built a 15,000-square-foot training complex in an industrial park just outside Greenville. The “warehouse” as it’s known is considered to be one of the best facilities of its kind.
4. Dave had taken up the sport of triathlons.
The lifelong athlete became involved in competing in the grueling sport of triathlons in 2012. A typical workout day for him included at least a 5K run, many laps in the local community center pool, and endless time on his bike.
5. Dave Was an ESPN ESPY Award winner.
Dave won the ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete in 2005. The star said at the time, “Of all the awards that I’ve won, this is the ultimate compliment because this came from the fans.”
Our thoughts are with Dave’s family, friends and fans during this tragic time.