Dave Mirra, who took his own life in Feb., suffered from his fair share of head trauma during his legendary career, and now doctors have concluded that the BMX star had the brain disease CTE as a result. Get all of the details right here.
Finally, Dave Mirra‘s tragic suicide is beginning to bring forth some answers. Doctors say that Dave suffered from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is commonly found in athletes who experience multiple injuries. Read on to see how this diagnosis may have brought on Dave’s sad death.
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Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto, concluded that Dave suffered from CTE, which typically shows up in football players, ESPN The Magazine reports. CTE is a chronic brain damage that can lead to depression, dementia and memory loss. Dr. Hazrati found tau protein deposits — which are a trademark of the disease — in the frontal and temporal lobes of Dave’s brain. “It’s assumed it is related to multiple concussions that happened years before,” she told the magazine. One positive aspect is that medical research is improving thanks to Dave’s diagnosis. “It validates what we have been thinking about brain injuries in boxers and football players,” Dr. Hazrati said. “The key is brain injury. Regardless of how you get it, through BMX or hockey, you are at risk for this.”
In Feb., Dave was compared to the late NFL star and CTE victim Junior Seau, who also took his own life via gunshot. “[Dave] took a lot of injuries in his career and you have to give pause and think and wonder just as we hear about brain trauma in football and other sports activities whether that played a factor,” mayor Allen Thomas from Dave’s hometown said at the time. Now that suspicions of Dave having had CTE are confirmed, researchers can work on improving what we know about the disease.
HollywoodLifers, what is your favorite memory of Dave?