February 5, 2016


Dave Mirra Dead at 41: Tony Hawk, Nickelback & More Pay Tribute

Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic
Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

BMX biking icon Dave Mirra was found dead in Greenville, N.C. on Thursday (Feb. 4) from what TMZ reports was "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head." The husband and father was 41 years old.

The tributes have been pouring in for Mirra, who many came to know through the 2000 video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, a sort of spiritual successor to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas—who says he spoke with Mirra in person hours before his death—made a touching statement at a press conference on Friday morning:

"Dave Mirra was more than just a sports figure... he's a loving member of this community, and that remains. ... 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."

Here's what's come in from Twitter: