Dave Mirra, Former MTV Host and BMX Rider, Dies at 41

Dave Mirra - H 2016
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Dave Mirra - H 2016

The X Games athlete died Thursday of an apparent suicide.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck. He reportedly had been visiting friends in the area.

Mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra "a great friend and wonderful human being."

Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.

Mirra also hosted MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge, and two video games carried his name.