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BMX star Mirra, 41, found dead

Police: Dave Mirra died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police: Dave Mirra died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pro BMX biker Dave Mirra, one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, was found dead Thursday of an apparent suicide. He was 41.

Officers in Greenville, N.C., found Mirra in a parked truck, killed by what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement released by the Greenville Police Department.

Mirra was a beloved figure in the world of extreme sports, and his name headlined several BMX video games. Until the 2013 X Games in Munich, he held the record for the most medals in history with 24. Of those, 14 were gold.

More recently, Mirra had pursued a different extreme sport: triathlons and Ironman competitions.

"Ironman competitions are an entirely different ball game. The level of competition is much higher, and there are way more athletes," Mirra told Sports Illustrated. He qualified for the 2014 Mont Tremblant Ironman World Championship in Canada.

"It was extremely satisfying to look around and see what I consider the best athletes in the world as my competition," Mirra told the publication.

Mirra also briefly hosted the MTV series Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

In Greenville, Mirra was credited for making the city a hub of BMX activity. More than 20 pro BMX riders call the city home, police said.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, and two children.

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