BMX icon Dave Mirra found dead

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Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENVILLE, NC (KTRK) -- A BMX icon was found dead in North Carolina Thursday from an apparent suicide.

Police say Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville was found inside a truck, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area shortly before the shooting.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

"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," said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. "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."

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If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you're encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK.

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