Dave Mirra
1974 - 2016
BORN
April 4, 1974
DIED
February 4, 2016
David Michael "Dave" Mirra, the BMX and X Games star, has died of an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mirra was found in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement released by the Greenville Police Department.

Born April 4, 1974, Mirra held the record for most X Games medals until 2013 – 24 total, 14 of them gold – and medaled in every X Games from the games' inception in 1995 up to 2009. He was a versatile rider who could easily handle both flatland and ramp riding in a world of extreme sports in which most competitors are specialists. His skilled riding was one of the factors that took BMX from the sidelines of extreme sports into the mainstream.

Among Mirra's achievements was a BMX first that he performed at the 2000 X Games: He was the first to do a double backflip in competition, winning a gold medal for the feat. While it was a career high point, it was far from a peak performance. Mirra would continue to excel in the BMX world throughout the 2000s, winning the 2005 ESPY Award for best male action sports athlete, until his final BMX X Games appearance in 2009. A serious injury in Salt Lake City in 2010 prompted thoughts of retirement; the following year, he rode in his last BMX competition. Of his retirement from BMX, he told ESPN, "I got to a point where I really couldn't take getting injured anymore in the name of progression. … I didn't want to be out there just rolling around to make endorsement money when I could no longer be at my best."

After his impressive multiyear X Games run, Mirra may have put away his bike, but he didn't leave the competitive sports world. Instead, he shifted his focus, turning first to rally car racing. He became a driver for Subaru Rally Team USA with a career best of fourth place in the 2013 Global Rallycross Championship series.

In 2012, Mirra discovered triathlons – specifically, the long-distance Ironman competitions – and threw himself into the new sport. "I was never a swimmer or a runner before I began Ironman training," he told Sports Illustrated in 2015. "I started biking longer distances, doing some running, and it felt really cool. I'd say that's when I really fell in love with it." He described his Ironman training regimen in the same interview: "Saturdays will be a 112-117 mile bike ride. On Sundays, I'll run for two and a half, maybe three hours. Swimming is all about consistency: I'll do 3,000-5,000 yards in the pool three to four times a week."

Mirra's sports fame brought him opportunities in the entertainment world as well. He hosted two seasons of "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" on MTV, beginning in 2004. He was noted for extreme biking prowess in video games, such as the "Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX" series and 2009's "Colin McRae: Dirt 2."

As news of the BMX legend's death broke, he was remembered by other extreme sports superstars, as well as by his famous fans. Racer Carey Hart tweeted, "I'm in complete shock. Angry, heartbroken and just sad at the passing of my friend Dave." A tweet from skateboarder Tony Hawk read, "Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories ... we are heartbroken." Rapper Lupe Fiasco tweeted, "Celebrate the life of a genius! BMX Legend!!!!!!" Nickelback's Mike Kroeger offered, "This guy made me want to ride halfpipe on a bike. RIP Dave Mirra. You left a mark on me."

Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters, Maddie and Kenzie.
Published by The Daily Reflector on Feb. 4, 2016.
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BMX is a great family sport and Dave represented that closeness that these friendships bring. He was one of the few positive influences for kids these days. May this tragedy bring more attention and awareness related to mental illness. RIP Dave and show them all the triple backflip in paradise.
Paul Giconi
Acquaintance
September 21, 2019
RIP Dave! You were the reason i'd stay up until 2/3 am in the morning to watch the X-Games.
Sean
June 13, 2019
One of the greatest riders ever! His legacy will forever live on.
Julia Duncan
Student
February 5, 2019
Still thinking of u and your family. U were such a great person. Many ppl idolized u and will forever. Thanks for everything. Your fans will always love and never forget u.
Melinda Cooler
November 22, 2016
Valenda Newell
November 17, 2016
Another young man likely to have been suffering from Depression taken far too soon.We need a revolution in care of depression.Much gentle hugs for your wife and daughters xx
Ann Hunter
August 26, 2016
Its sad to hear that Miracle Boy has left us, and its something that will haunt me forever - Rip , my childhood hero
Jonathan
June 17, 2016
Sad to see Miracle Boy leave so soon, only feeling that we just meet him. But, some good miracles aren't suppose to last forever...RIP
Jonathan
June 17, 2016
Only the good die young. Ride Run Swim free now.
May 24, 2016
Always my hero
luis Contreras
May 10, 2016
Why man you were the best we will miss you.RIP
Richard Vidro
May 9, 2016
One Love
Chey
May 6, 2016
RIP
Tracy Kress
May 1, 2016
Inspirational, other than my Dad my only Hero growing up, legend BMXer Legendary person! Very saddenied, forever missed and forever remembered. RIP Dave
Steve Hollingworth
March 6, 2016
Dave, tears stream as I say this. You were my first personal hero who was actually a real person, right after Spiderman. I can't believe you're gone, and I can believe that you were going through such pain so as to overshadow all you achieved even less. Shame on all of us for not seeing it and doing more...you did so much for us.
I always looked up to you before, now I just look higher. Shred heaven up, Dave! I miss you.
Julio
March 2, 2016
RIP
Dave Mirra, You were truly a legend, you left a huge impact in the world of Bmx. And you will always be known as the Best.
God Bless, his wife and beautiful family, at this sad time.
Fly high with the Angels in Heaven now.
Michelle Miera
February 29, 2016
Miracle boy!! You're greatly missed
February 27, 2016
R.I.P
February 25, 2016
RIP Dave Mirra. Still thinking of you when iam on my bike. You went through a lot, gave a lot, and wont be forgotten.
February 24, 2016
Dear Dave Mirra,

I am appalled and virtually shocked by hearing of you leaving this planet.

You were and are my biggest and best BMX artist in the following.

My condoleances to your direct family is forwarded by this message.

I will miss your eminence forever

If your leaving us was indeed your own wish, I can ever understand to do so

You will Always be in my thoughts


A friend from Holland

Pascal Dijkhuis
(BMX-club " the Tibsdrivers " Tubbergen)
Pascal Dijkhuis
February 22, 2016
ana diaz
February 20, 2016
North Carolina loves you Dave!
Johnny B
February 20, 2016
Rest in peace. So sad to lose such a legend, but the legacy you left behind will be around for generations to come. May your wife & children find comfort & peace in the memories they made with you.
Monique Perretano
February 20, 2016
Thanks for sharing your skills with the world!! My brother and I grew up watching you. You were a huge inspiration with not only your talent but your humbleness. You will be sorely missed. Our prayers to your family and friends.
-Kim Wilson ( Los Angeles CA)
February 19, 2016
Rest is sweet Peace
Dave Mirra
Tina
February 17, 2016
YOU HAVE LEFT A VOID IN THE
WORLD,DAVE.
WHATEVER WAS TROUBLING YOU,
I HOPE THAT YOU ARE IN A
BEAUTIFUL PLACE NOW,SURROUNDED WITH LOVE.
YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED.
Jeffrey Bryan
February 17, 2016
It's taken me this many days to gain the strength to write anything and I still can't believe I'm doing this. David was a very special person not just to myself but my entire family. Watching you ride with Bobby, Tim and the rest of the neighborhood and then coming in for Sunday dinners with us. Always helping to clear the table. Dave, I struggle with mental illness each and every day of my life. I know the pain, the lows, the highs, all of it and I'm just heartbroken that you took this way out. Words will never be able to express how torn I feel. I'll never forget you!!! You'll always be my families "Miracle Man". We all love you and will miss you beyond words!! All our love to your parents, Tim, Lauren and your beautiful girls. Hold each other close!!!
Mary Healey (Connell)
February 17, 2016
RIP DAVE I remember Dave riding his bike at My. Restaurant he always said he was going to make it big as a trick bicycle rider. And boy did he . He will be missed.
topper Wroblewski
February 17, 2016
Rest in Peace my friend! Sending thoughts and prayers to your family during this time!
Heather Freeborn
February 17, 2016
Rip may your family wish well
Lisa Carey
February 17, 2016
Still shocked by this news. You will forever be missed Dave. Prayers to everyone you touched and especially your wife and 2 beautiful daughters that adored you so much. <3
February 17, 2016
Sorry you couldn't find peace on earth and hope you've found it where you're resting now. May your family find solice, peace and comfort.
February 16, 2016
Rest in peace my friend. The world has taken a huge loss in your absence. God has gained a person that touched someone's life just by getting to know you.
richard renfer
February 16, 2016
Rest in peace
Tammy Cota
February 16, 2016
I never had an opportunity to meet him, but heard a lot of good things about him. I am so sorry for your and your families loss.
Crystal Smith
February 16, 2016
Shocked and saddened. Thoughts and prayers for everyone that will miss you which will be many more than even you probably would believe. Ride in Peace Dave
Lisa
February 16, 2016
Rest in peace Dave. Praying for the family.
Lori Bushnoe
February 16, 2016
Rest in Peace Dave
Kimberly Carman
February 16, 2016
Heavens Gates Opened Wide When You Road In Dave ~~ Ride On Angel -------->
Lori
February 16, 2016
Dave was always a mellow down to earth guy!! when I was younger we would jump these dirt mounds over in hickory we all knew he would go far as we got older I remember walking out of the high school and he bunny hopped up on this one inch rail on a wheely and took it the distance Amazing!!! RIP Dave!!!
Dale Wittwer
February 16, 2016
Gone to soon. I'm so sorry for such a tragic loss especially for Mr. Mira wife and children. We are appreciative that Christ died for all mankind and we leave our future Ives after death into the hands of our heavenly Almighty God.
February 16, 2016
Sorry for your loss he's was a good kid and a good man
I knew Dave when we were younger in school and riding bikes a few times.
He was something to watch when he was doing his tricks in middle school .we all tried to do what he could at that age.
We all lost a very talented kind hearted man.
Shane markes
February 16, 2016
My deepest sympathies go out to his wife his girls and the rest of his family. Thoughts and prayers. Dave was an awesome human being. Rip Dave.
Maureen Forbey
February 16, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family at this difficult time
Kathleen Hurry
February 15, 2016
ride in peace! the world lost a great person the day you left. till we meet again..
jim neveldine
February 15, 2016
RIP Dave. GOD bless you and your friends and family. You will I'm sure he sorely missed. I remember the last time seeing you in Syracuse airport. You had yourself somewhat hidden and when I walked up to you and said hey Dave you just said sorry I'm not doing autographs. Lol. I was like really Dave. You looked up and said. Ohhh hey Sean. Sorry. Lol.
Sean June
February 15, 2016
I will remember you always Dave. All my prayers are with your family through this difficult time. Prayers and love to you.
Jay Bicknell
February 15, 2016
Rip Mr Dave Mirra! You were a bright shining star among us at Chittenango high school! You were the superstar that we all wanted to be as young men! You will be missed bro,and not forgotten! Prayers to you and your family! I am proud to have grown up with you! \®/...
February 15, 2016
I hope you are now at peace. My deepest sympathy for your family and your daughters. I can only hope everyone remembers what a fun and amazing person you were and I'm so honored I knew you. I hope you are cruising around in heaven in your blue and silver Shelby.
Julie Dring(Reader)
February 15, 2016
RIP Dave
Thank you for sharing your passion with the world and a little town in Central New York. The people in Chittenango, NY will always be grateful for giving our children a great role model to look up too. May you and your family find peace now
Kathryn Wilcox
February 15, 2016
Known you for so many years, you were a great guy, still remember you riding all the time. Until we meet again, R.I.P. And Fly high xoxoxo
Chrissy
February 15, 2016
RIP my peace my friend. You were great at everything you put yourself into, but mostly you were just a great person. God bless you and your family. Love you brother...
Chris Bain
February 15, 2016
I'm still shocked by this news and Dave's passing. Although NC was "home", there is a small town in upstate NY who are still trying to wrap their head around his tragic and untimely death.
I was honored to say I knew Dave before he was famous. He was that kid always riding his bike, showing off the latest trick he perfected, and bouncing his bike down the stairs of the high school with administrators in hot pursuit! An article from the local paper once called him "Chittenango's second famous son", because the town is also known for the author of The Wizzard of Oz being born there.
I saw Dave 5 years ago when he and his wife came "home" for a class reunion and after chatting a bit, got a photo with Dave and my husband which I have treasured since I knew him when he was just Dave, and I now treasure those moments and memories even more.
To his family, his wife, his baby girls, and his parents, my deepest condolences. May time ease your pain and knowing he's in a better place. He left a mark on this world for so many, that his girls will grow up and still know their dad through his legacy. Dear Lauren, May peace, love and time heal you. He will truly be missed.
Jackie Ferreiro
February 15, 2016
We LOVE you, Dave...
Polly Geer
February 15, 2016
We express our sympathies to the Mirra family, many, many friends and colleagues. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together, God's promise to undo all tragedy and the words of the greatest man who ever lived: "Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's knowledge. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matt 10:29-31)
James W
February 15, 2016
Rest In Paradise, Dave. Forever will you be my favorite BMX rider & the reason I started watching the sport. My heart goes out to the Mirra family, HUGS!!!
Rhonda Pantohan
February 15, 2016
You were & still are my hero. I remember when haro gave you your first signature bike I was 14 & worked all summer not spending a dime from my checks so I could save up to get the pro series bike in blue. I'm 30 now & still have it.RIP Dave
Joshua Neilson
February 15, 2016
Heres the link to the
youTUBE page where a few others were rapping about Dave's life and what he mean to them,very heartfelt...https://youtu.be/X0wAqcsnxoM
Mike Wise
February 14, 2016
Here's a little rhyme/rap lyrics I came with up for him as well a couple others on YouTUBE,hope those that read it enjoy...

Mirra Mirra on the wall your legacy shall never fall / shining down upon those far and near reason why you left will never be clear / everytime you rode you had no fear now that you're gone I'm trying not to shed a tear / so instead of doing so thought I'd let you know / you were the greatest of all time even passed your prime / just thought I'd let you know one more time / Now it's time to rest but don't worry don't stress cuz when they hear your name they're getting told about the best that ever did it, but you know there's still some haters out there that won't admit it / you had your heart in it from the very start of it and when it came to those tricks man Godfathered them / I don't know what else to say so Imma go, but I just wanted to say thank you to my childhood hero / Even though you're looking down at us from the sky your life and legacy will never die... #RideInPeace4Ever
Mike Wise
February 14, 2016
1st i would like to give my thoughts & Prayers to Dave's family and friends, may God keep your strength & spirits strong to help you through this dark time ... Smfh, I'm at a loss for words, bcuz a part of my childhood died once I found out this news by accident online looking for someone else... My childhood friend and I grew up watching Dave along side Dennis "DMC" McCoy . I remember back in the 98' Xgames i watched on TV the two win gold in vert doubles. Its bcuz of Dave I bought a Haro and bcuz of the 2 I ever picked up a BMX bike in the 1st place... I can only imagine what DMC is going through or feeling being as though Dave was once his protege,smh... Ride In Peace bro, and thank you for everything... You might be gone, but you'll always be missed, and never forgotten... : ( #ICONLEDGEND4ETERNITY
Mike Wise
February 14, 2016
Ride In Peace Dave. You was a hero to many of us young and old. Loved watching manual for dayz before going riding to get all pumped. You achieved so much in so little time and you should be proud of what you did achieve.. Will respect you forever. Have a beer or ten with brother Brett.. Much love..
Adam Denton
February 14, 2016
My hero always you are my bro always love you RIP I love you.
soni matowitko
February 13, 2016
My Son though much of Dave. Our prayers go out to his family.
John Saxton
February 13, 2016
Love you bro RIP
Donald Graham
February 12, 2016
You were and always will be the best , you are the man, no buddy better than you R.I.P my brother!
Eric
February 12, 2016
Dale
February 12, 2016
Rip Dave the miracle man
patrick shaver
February 12, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss Mirra family. Dave was a pioneer of both X Games and the sport of BMX. He was a great man and was one of my favorite athletes as a child. I will never forget him. We have all lost a great man and friend in Dave. My condolences go to all those personally affected. His legacy will live forever. God bless.
Jason Howie
February 11, 2016
So sorry for your loss Lauren,prayers for you and those precious girls.
Susan Jones
February 11, 2016
You will be missed. You have done so much for kids. You were my son's hero
Jennifer Peede
February 11, 2016
David Mejia
February 11, 2016
David Mejia
February 11, 2016
True legend. So sad to hear you're gone. Rest in peace Dave.
Navid
February 10, 2016
You will be missed so much by so many. Sincerely, Thanks for everything Dave. We met 3 times, and after the first meeting you remembered me and said hi to me. It always blew me away. I'll miss seeing the great things you used to do every day and the personal inspiration that came with them for me. Goodbye Dave
Bryan
February 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news, I just saw Dave a few weeks ago and will cherish that time we spent together as well as our times growing up together. Dave made a difference in so many people's lives. Dave you will be greatly missed my friend.
Don Heck
February 10, 2016
Words can not say the pain we all feel for his wife his children and any one that that this amazing man you will be missed by all gone but never to be forgotten you are an inspiration to all that have crossed your path you treated every one as an equal an that's what makes you you with much love an respect rip brother thoughts and prayers to the family my god bless
Craig L
February 10, 2016
May the Almighty God of comfort be with family, friends and fans. Always keep the fond memories good times in your hearts and minds to help you through this time of deep sorrow. God love and care for you.
February 10, 2016
Saw you on t.v at games 95 when I was 6. You changed my life and made me who I am. I am Forever greatful for my hero and will remember you everyday. my deepest condolences are for your family and friends. Thank you for everything. Let's ride...
February 9, 2016
RIP Dave Mirra. Your legacy will live on forever.

-Odyssey BMX
February 9, 2016
Mike, Alisha and I were shocked and saddened to hear the news, You family has been and will continue to be in our prayers.
John Graf
February 9, 2016
You will dearly be missed
Brandon Martin
February 9, 2016
Mike: My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family these last few days. Condolences and please take care. When the time is right, we'll have a beer and celebrate your sons amazing accomplishments.
David Tripepi
February 9, 2016
Dave, you were a inspiration to anyone that had the pleasure of knowing you and watching you ride. I only met you once and you shook my hand even tho you didn't know me. I congratulated you on your x game win. My wife is from chittenango and I grew up in canastota in the summers. When x games got big we would watch all the time and it was great to cheer for a local guy and the things you did on a bike were amazing. I have also had life changes that have gotten me depressed. I look at my kids and I have to keep going. I feel so bad for the way it turned out for you and wish you just would have talked to someone. Rest in piece and always ride hard. Wish the best for your little girls and your wife.
To the Mirra parents,thank you for letting the world know your son.
Adam
February 9, 2016
You have forever inspired me. You will always be in my heart. We ride...
David Gomes
February 9, 2016
Rest easy, Dave, your accomplishments are legendary. Thoughts to family and close friends
Ryan
February 9, 2016
We are thinking of you and praying for all of you Lauren. Words can't begin to express the heartbreak Jen has been feeling for you. Please give our love to all. Judi(Martin) Werling and Jen (Martin) Ashton
Judi Werling
February 9, 2016
The reason I bought a Haro for my first real BMX bike was because I wanted to be like Dave Mirra. Ride in peace.
Patrick O'Neill
February 9, 2016
Sorry for your lose. Dave so enjoyed life and loved others I pray for strength for Lauren , the girls and family. May God hold you in his hand
Patty Gilligan
February 9, 2016
gone but never forgotten...your legacy lives on in the hearts of your loved ones- Love, Comfort & Peace to your family!
~ The Taylor Family (High Point, NC)
Taylor Family
February 9, 2016
So surprised to here this, I am sad. Rest in peace Dave.
karen andse
February 9, 2016
Always had the saying if it has wings it can fly and we crossed it out and said wheels!! Now you have wings brother
Asbell
February 9, 2016
RIP Amd lots of prayers to ur family!
You were lots of kids heroes and you were the king of BMX
Trista Amderson
February 9, 2016
Rest in peace Dave we will miss you
February 9, 2016
I am so glad I got to ride with you, laugh with you and just be in the presence of a wonderful human being. Ride in peace brother.
Dean Druce
February 9, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting Dave on a couple of occasions the Dew Tour and The Boom Boom Huck Jam. He was so awesome stopping to take a picture with me. To me he was a BMX hero and legend. I grew up following him in this sport. He inspired me with his dedication to his sport and later to the sport of triathlon which is my sport now. The shock and saddness spans all across the globe at this news. My heart is broken for his family. May you find peace now Dave and my thoughts and prayers are with your family
Bethany Koubsky
February 8, 2016
R.I.P to a bmx legend who made the sport what it is today and I remember growing up racing bmx and building ramps. Dave Mirra is someone who I looked up to so when I heard the news I was in complete shock
Sharif Hassan
February 8, 2016
I remember seeing you at a bmx track in Binghamton NY for a clinic that was going on there. Name of the track was cherri a Lindsay bmx I believe. I remember talking with you, asking you questions , just taking in everything you were saying and teaching, I was in awe. From that day on, I followed you and your career and became more than a fan, I became a true admirer of your work. When I heard the news of your passing, I thought it was a joke or some kinda crap website trying to get arise out of everyone. All of these rumors where the truth and it took everything out of me. I wanted to give up on everything and just crawl into a hole. Even though it's only been days , it's still so hard dealing with this. I do truly miss you and just know you'll never be forgotten my friend. Until we meet again, not a day will pass that I don't think about you or miss you.
Shaun Harp
February 8, 2016
May the light that you brought to so many burn brightly in our memories.
Drew
February 8, 2016
Mike and Peg, words cannot express my sadness in hearing of Dave's passing. Mike you were a good friend for so many years and I always enjoyed sharing stories of our kids and how proud we were of them while playing shuffleboard. He was Jamie's hero and I am sure was there to great him in heaven. My heart goes out to you and your entire family.

Drew
Drew Rude
February 8, 2016
Dave may your LIGHT shine on in the many heart's that you touched, my complete condolences to your wife your children and family, friend's may there memories sustain them in there darkest hour's RIP my friend
February 8, 2016