Already have an account?
Get back to the

BMX Star Dave Mirra Had Brain Disease CTE Before Suicide

Dave Mirra
Dave Mirra 

BMX legend Dave Mirra, who committed suicide in February, had a brain disease prior to his death often found in athletes who suffered concussions, multiple neuropathologists confirmed on Tuesday, May 24.

PHOTOS: Celebrity Deaths in 2016: Stars We’ve Lost

Read article

A University of Toronto neuropathologist told ESPN that the late athlete was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE. According to the site, Mirra is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease, which can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.

The professional biker, who also hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and once held the record for the most X Games medals, was found dead inside his truck in Greenville, North Carolina, with self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head on February 4. He was 41.

Dave Mirra
Dave Mirra performs during the Park Finals of the 6.0 BMX Open at Soldier Field on July 24, 2010, in Chicago.

PHOTOS: Stars Gone Too Soon

Read article

The tau protein deposits found in Mirra’s brain were “indistinguishable” from those found in the brains of former football and hockey players with CTE, according to ESPN. “It’s assumed it is related to multiple concussions that happened years before,” Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati explained.

Mirra fractured his skull when he was hit by a car at age 19, in addition to incurring “countless” concussions during his BMX career. He retired in 2011 but later dabbled in boxing during his free time.

PHOTOS: Celebrity Health Scares

Read article

The rider’s widow, Lauren Mirra, also revealed that she noticed changes in his mood during the final year of his life.

“He wasn’t able to be present in any situation or conversation, so it was hard to be in a relationship with him to any degree,” she told ESPN. “He was lost. I looked straight through him on a few occasions. And I was like, ‘Where are you? Where are you? What is wrong?’”

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!