Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAB
  • NBA
  • 2/25 5:00 PM EST
    CHA0
    SAC0
  • 2/25 7:00 PM EST
    ATL0
    ORL0
  • 2/25 7:30 PM EST
    PHI0
    NY0
  • 2/25 8:00 PM EST
    IND0
    MIA0
  • 2/25 8:30 PM EST
    CHI0
    CLE0
  • 2/25 8:30 PM EST
    NO0
    DAL0
  • 2/25 9:00 PM EST
    MIN0
    HOU0
  • 2/25 10:30 PM EST
    BKN0
    GS0
  • NHL
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    ANA0
    LA0
  • 2/25 5:00 PM EST
    WSH0
    NSH0
  • 2/25 5:00 PM EST
    NYR0
    NJ0
  • 2/25 5:00 PM EST
    NYI0
    CBJ0
  • 2/25 7:00 PM EST
    MTL0
    TOR0
  • 2/25 8:00 PM EST
    PHI0
    PIT0
  • 2/25 10:00 PM EST
    SJ0
    VAN0
  • 2/25 10:00 PM EST
    BUF0
    COL0
  • CBK
  • 2/25 12:00 AM EST
    WISC0
    MSU0
  • 2/25 12:00 AM EST
    NW0
    IND0
  • 2/25 12:00 AM EST
    PSU0
    MINN0
  • 2/25 12:00 AM EST
    VCU0
    URI0
  • Live
    UNC14
    PITT17
  • Live
    WICH21
    MOSTU14
  • Live
    SMU14
    UCONN6
  • Live
    FLAST14
    CLEM9
  • Live
    UVA8
    NCSU7
  • 2/25 1:00 PM EST
    TENN0
    SC0
  • 2/25 2:00 PM EST
    WVU0
    TCU0
  • 2/25 2:00 PM EST
    FLA0
    KTY0
  • 2/25 3:00 PM EST
    CRE0
    VILL0
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    DUKE0
    MIA-FL0
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    OREGON0
    STAN0
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    PURDUE0
    MICH0
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    BAYLOR0
    IAST0
  • 2/25 4:00 PM EST
    VATECH0
    BC0
  • 2/25 6:00 PM EST
    IOWA0
    MD0
  • 2/25 6:00 PM EST
    KANSAS0
    TEX0
  • 2/25 6:00 PM EST
    KANST0
    OKLA0
  • 2/25 8:15 PM EST
    UCLA0
    ARI0
  • 2/25 10:00 PM EST
    SANTAC0
    STMRY0
  • 2/25 10:15 PM EST
    BYU0
    GONZ0

CTE diagnosed in action sports star Dave Mirra

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Late BMX legend Dave Mirra suffered from CTE

After BMX biking legend Dave Mirra committed suicide on February 4 of this year, his wife had his brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Sadly, the result came back positive, rife with tau proteins dotting both his temporal and frontal lobes after years of enduring an unknown amount of concussive and sub-concussive trauma. This makes Mirra the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with CTE.

The neuropathologist went so far as to equate the condition of his brain to that of NFL players and other contact sport athletes that have been posthumously diagnosed with the disease. "I couldn't tell the difference," Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati said.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN: The Magazine, Mirra's wife Lauren describes the agonizing final weeks of his life, the transformation of his formerly vibrant personality into something different and darker, prone to wild mood swings and unprovoked crying jags or bouts of exhaustion, his mind clouded and wracked with depression.

SEE ALSO: The Braves are even worse than you think

"I remember seeing him sitting on our bed one day, in the last month of his life," she said. "I had just gotten out of the shower and saw him hunched over with the blankest lost look. I sat down next to him and held his hand. I said, 'What is wrong? Are you OK?' And he just shrugged his shoulders. He couldn't even speak. He didn't know. He couldn't put it into words. He was lost. He was helpless. It was completely different from who he was."

"He was gone. I could see straight through him," she continued. "It was the hardest thing to see, looking at someone you love, and you can't have a conversation with them, and you can see straight through their eyes."

Lauren Mirra doesn't know what her exact plans might be for the future, but her overarching hope is that she'll be able to find a forum in which to speak out, to encourage best practices and prevention measures, without coming across as an ideologue out to ban action sports altogether.

"Through him we have an opportunity to help and change," she said. "Beauty from ashes. That's how I will always choose to see it."

The post CTE Diagnosed In Action Sports Star Dave Mirra appeared first on Vocativ.

Follow AOL Sports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See photos of the late Dave Mirra

12 PHOTOS
Dave Mirra , BMX rider
See Gallery
CTE diagnosed in action sports star Dave Mirra
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)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners