Extreme sports icon Dave Mirra is dead from an apparent suicide at 41

Mirra won 24 medals over a prolific X Games career that spanned from 1995 to 2013. Along with riders like Mat Hoffman, Mirra raised BMX’s profile and was one of the sport’s first superstars.

He earned the nickname “Miracle Boy” for his knack for landing seemingly impossible tricks, such as the double backflip he debuted at the 2000 X Games.

In 2008, Mirra transitioned to rally car racing, winning 10 more X Games medals in the discipline. He retired the all-time leader in X Games medals. (Skateboarder Bob Burnquist has since surpassed him.)

“They say athletes die twice, right? You know, now I kind of see it,” Mirra said in an ESPN interview last year following his retirement. “Part of me died when I said ‘I’m done.'”

Mirra is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The Greenville Police Department’s full statement:

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