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The world of extreme sports is mourning a huge loss today.
E! News has learned that BMX legend Dave Mirra died at the age of 41 years old. The Greenville Police Department in North Carolina took to their Facebook page to release details on the record-holding athlete's death, revealing that it is currently being investigated as an apparent suicide.
"At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide," the statement began.
"Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident."
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E! News has reached out to Mirra's rep for comment.
City of Greenville mayor, Allen Thomas, also released a statement: "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."
The release from the police department continues to state that they will be handling the death investigation, and that the family of Dave Mirra would appreciate privacy during this very difficult time.
Mirra is survived by his wife and two children.
"Holding nearly every accolade possible for a BMX or action sports athlete, Mirra has won everything from 'Freestyler of The Year' by BMX Magazine to the ESPN Action Sports and Music Award for BMX Rider of the Year in 2000," his website states.
"After a brief stint hosting the popular MTV series Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Mirra and his wife settled down in Greenville, N.C., quickly making it the hub of the BMX world."
Aside from being a fixture in the world of BMX riding, Mirra was a proud husband and father. Posting various photographs with his two young children, the 41-year-old often tagged the snapshots #BeaDadNotaFad.
He also shared a quote about fatherhood on his Twitter photo that read:
"As a father, you are automatically inducted into the Hall of Responsibility. "Life is about ups and downs, great times and tough times. My responsibility as a father is to show my kids balance, education and character. Although I'm not perfect, I am always keeping my eyes open for a better way to be the best father I can be."
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this tragic time.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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