Dave Mirra, BMX star and former host of MTV's 'The Challenge' found dead of apparent suicide

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BMX Icon and 'The Challenge' Host Dave Mirra Dead at 41

Professional BMX biker Dave Mirra has died of an apparent suicide at age 41.

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The Greenville, North Carolina Police Department said in a statement on their Facebook page on Thursday: "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."

Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren, and the couple's two children.

Photos of Mirra throughout his career:

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FILE - In a Thursday, June 9, 2005 file photo, BMX rider Dave Mirra pauses during practice for the Panasonic Open event, in Louisville, Ky. Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. Greenville police said Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.He was 41. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
28 Jun 1997: Dave Mirra performs during the ESPN X Games at Mariners Point in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport
Dave Mirra gets ready to backflip his bike into a 4,000 gallon vat of slime on the 15th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Ca., 4/20/02. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Dave Mirra during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 19: Action sports athlete Dave Mirra at the 'T-Mobile Ramps and Amps Invitational' July 19, 2003 Randalls Isalnd in New York City. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for T-Mobile)
Dave Mirra during Denzel Washington and Dave Mirra Visit MTV's 'TRL' - July 16th, 2004 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Dave Mirra during The Nokia T-Mobile Ramps & Amps Invitational Presented by EXPN.com at South Street Seaport in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
Dave Mirra and girlfriend Lauren Blackwell during The Nokia T-Mobile Ramps & Amps Invitational Presented by EXPN.com at South Street Seaport in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 6: Dave Mirra competes in the Bike Stunt Vert competition during the ESPN X-Games on August 6, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Freestyle biker Dave Mirra arrives at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 13, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - APRIL 3: X-Games Champion Dave Mirra poses at the press day for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, part of the 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 3, 2007 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Doug Gifford/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 03: Bronze medal winner Dave Mirra speaks in a press conference after the Rally Car race during the summer X Games 14 at Home Depot Center on August 3, 2008 in Carson, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FILE - In a Friday, June 24, 2005 file photo, X-Games athlete Dave Mirra poses in the half-pipe at his training facility in Greenville, N.C. Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. Greenville police said Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.He was 41. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 9-11 ** BMX rider Dave Mirra practice for the Panasonic Open event Thursday, June 9, 2005, in Louisville, Ky. Mirra clearly enjoys his life these days, and who could blame him? He's one of the featured stars of a national action sports tour and the host of a reality show on MTV, and he soon will be married. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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The pro biker, who hosted MTV's The Challenge from 2004-05, posted to his Instagram twice the day he was found dead. (Both Instagrams seem to be screenshots of previous posts.) The first, a photo of what appears to be Mirra and his wife, was captioned: "My rock! Thank god."

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My rock! Thank god

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on

The last photo posted to Mirra's account is captioned, "Rose high school Greenville Nc."

Rose high school Greenville Nc

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on

On Wednesday, Mirra posted a boxing picture with the caption: "Fight to win! We all have a battles to fight. Never back down. Love you all. #diewithyourbootson."

Fight to win! We all have a battles to fight. Never back down. Love you all. #diewithyourbootson

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on


"Considered an icon in the pro-BMX world, Mirra, was instrumental in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which now is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders," Greenville Police said.

"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."

The police department added that Mirra's family "would appreciate privacy during this very difficult time."

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