Dave Mirra was a legend in BMX riding. Mirra joined the Haro Bikes BMX team in 1987, at the age of 13 and turned professional in 1992. He held the record for most X Games medals (24) until being passed by Bob Burnquist in 2013. He also earned a medal in every X Games from 1995 through 2009. He was known primarily as a vert ramp and park rider. He retired from BMX racing in 2011 and moved on to rally car racing as a member of Subaru Rally Team USA. He also competed as an Ironman Triathlete, earning a qualification for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
On February 4, 2016, Mirra was found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 41. His body was found in a truck parked outside his best friend’s house. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with that of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but Mirra left no suicide note. Family and friends say he had shown no signs of depression and gave no indication that he was contemplating suicide. They say he was even looking forward to his upcoming wedding anniversary and a trip to Florida.
In mourning his passing, many have posted tributes to the BMX star. TJ Lavin is another BMX legend. He is also a professional musician, and host of MTV’s “The Challenge.” Lavin and Mirra were good friends, having competed together for years. Lavin took to Instagram to express is sadness over his friend’s passing. He wrote, “Really love you guys…” and included a picture of himself with Mirra and two other friends. Mirra left behind a wife and two daughters.