Greenville, NC police announced in a police report that BMX and X-Games superstar and passionate triathlete Dave Mirra died of an apparent suicide, and that they are investigating the case.
Police were called to the 200 block of Pineville Road where upon arrival officers discovered Dave Mirra sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the report Mirra had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident.
"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," said Allen Thomas, the mayor of Greenville.
The terrible news has hit the folks around the world very hard, and several professional triathletes have already shared their thoughts on social media.
"Thoughts with @davemirra wife & daughters. Everyone has their demons. Hard to make any sense of this because it doesn't make any..." tweeted Jordan Rapp.
"Absolutely shocked to hear this horrible news. Dave was certainly an incredibly athlete and an awesome role model. I suppose you never know what is going on behind closed doors, but there is always another way..." said AJ Baucco on Facebook. "Very heavy heart tonight and feel for his family and friends. RIP man."
"Shocked and terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Dave Mirra. My interactions with Dave revealed nothing but a kind, caring, charismatic and generous family man. For all he had accomplished I was most impressed by his humility and down to earth nature. Thoughts and prayers with his family. RIP." said Jesse Thomas on Facebook.