The death of BMX legend Dave Mirra at age 41 has come as sudden and shocking news to the world. Many fellow sports figures and celebrities have taken to Twitter to offer condolences and so share memories and to pay tribute. Here’s a roundup of what is being said.
The news of Dave Mirra’s death in Greenville, North Carolina, was widely reported in major media. Confirming many of the reported details, the Greenville Police Department issued a press release on their official Facebook page, noting that his body was found in his pickup truck and that the cause of death is an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Reportedly he was visiting friends in that area.
The BMX freestyle rider Dave Mirra was also well known to many as the host of MTV’s ‘Real World/Road Rules Challenge.’ In the video game world, he also had a presence, with the popular Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX video game series.
But for many, he was simply the icon of BMX and X Games and an ambassador of extreme sports. At the latter, he won a career total of 24 medals, a staggering accomplishment. One can safely draw comparisons to Michael Jordan and pro basketball or Babe Ruth to baseball.
It’s a colossal loss to the sports world at large and tributes are pouring in, not least from ESPN which said, in part, “Dave Mirra, your courage, determination and natural skill in everything you pursued pushed the world of action sports to become a better place. From all of us at X Games and ESPN, we salute your contributions.”
Just shortly before his death, he had left two final posts on Instagram, one was a tribute to his wife, Lauren Mirra and another, a photo of himself from high school days, riding his bike. Along with his wife whom he married in 2006 he also leaves behind two young daughters.
Reactions of shock and disbelief are also flooding social media. Tributes from fans, sports figures, public figures, celebrities are pouring in. AS always, many take to Twitter to share their instantaneous reactions. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
I'm in complete shock. Angry, heart broken and just sad at the passing of my friend Dave. Heart broken 4 his daughters and wife. #DaveMirra
— Carey Hart (@hartluck) February 5, 2016
Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories… we are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/RHpTe7Qzwi
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 5, 2016
RIP Dave Mirra… Damn
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) February 5, 2016
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) February 5, 2016
This guy made me want to ride half pipe on a bike. RIP Dave Mirra. You left a mark on me. MK. pic.twitter.com/zmnpIrIAOE
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) February 5, 2016
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) February 5, 2016
Reactions to the death of continue to pour in, as #Dave Mirra and #RIPDaveMira are trending Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Many are continuing to offer condolences for the family and to pay tribute to the BMX icon.
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