Dave Mirra’s family released a statement on Friday, February 5, just one day after he was found dead of an apparent suicide in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina.
“Dave’s wife and family are shocked and saddened by the loss of such a remarkable person whom they loved so deeply,” his longtime family friend and agent Steve Astephen said in a statement to a local paper. “Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers and for respecting their privacy through this difficult time.”
The respected BMX biker, who also hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, was found inside his truck on Thursday, February 4, with what looked to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 41.
Fans and celebrities have since come forward to mourn the death of the BMX legend (he once held the record for the most X Games medals).
“Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend,” skateboarder Tony Hawk wrote. “Thank you for the memories … we are heartbroken.”
Motocross star Carey Hart added his own thoughts on Twitter: “I’m in complete shock. Angry, heart broken and just sad at the passing of my friend Dave. Heart broken 4 his daughters and wife.”
Just hours before his body was discovered, Mirra had posted one last photo to Instagram, of himself and his wife, Lauren.
“My rock! Thank god,” the caption read.
Mira is survived by his wife and their two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison.
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.
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