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RIP Dave Mirra - Sad news

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Transform_IT, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Transform_IT


    Joined: Oct 18, 2012

    Posts: 239


    Dave Mirra, BMX Superstar and Former MTV Host, Dies of Apparent Suicide

    BMX bike superstar Dave Mirra, who also hosted MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules” challenge, has died of an apparent suicide.

    The 41 year-old was found dead in his truck in North Carolina on Thursday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement officials.

    He is survived by his wife and two children.

    Mirra hosted “The Challenge” on MTV from 2004 to 2005 as well as being the subject of the “Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX” video game series. Mirra also guest starred on an episode the “George Lopez” show in 2004.

    The decorated athlete medaled in the X Games every year from its inception in 1995 to 2008, holding a total of 24 medals, which was the record at one point.

    “I just wish he would have called me,” fellow BMX pro T.J. Lavin told TMZ. “I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”

    Sad news, another great talent gone!

    I always find it even more depressing when a superstar such as Dave Mirra commits suicide. You always think people who massively influence others and won't have any financial worries could be unhappy enough to end their own life. But I guess at the end of the day, we are all human and have our own demons and troubles.

    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  2. thedoc46


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    Yes very sad news. Need more info, was he depressed or could this have been an accident ? he seems like the most unlikely person to suffer from depression. With young Children, athleticism fame and success. I guess the same could have been Robin Williams tho, (apart from the athleticism)
  3. cainer

    Man of Honour

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    shocked to hear that tbh :/
  4. adam cool dude


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    Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX was awesome. Played it to death! He hasn't been around much since his early 00's success.
  5. Will Gill

    Fruit Machine Extraordinaire

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    :( so sad :(
  6. djshauny1


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    RIP :(
  7. Stovepipes

    Wise Guy

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    Sad news. So many blokes end up committing suicide, never quite understood it when I was young but getting older yeah unfortunately it begins to make a bit of sense.

  8. byeo

    Wise Guy

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    Loved playing his game on the PS2
  9. Liquiduk

    Wise Guy

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    Oh what terrible news, what ultimately got me in to bmx'ing/skating as a child.

    Very sad news RIP :(
  10. Guest2


    Joined: May 6, 2009

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    RIP, this guy was one of my idols as a child.

    I would be interested to know how they came to the suicide conclusion as he seemed (on the front of it) to have everything
  11. Jacksonn

    Wise Guy

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    RIP, was a legend!
  12. Sargatanas2511


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    RIP man. He was one of the reasons I stayed up in my teens to watch the X Games on channel 5.
  13. GAM8LE


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    Location: Edinburgh


    I used to watch him all the time on the extreme sports channel on sky as well as play the games. :(
  14. JOSH


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    One of the truely great BMX riders.

    Big shame
  15. ZG002


    Joined: Jul 22, 2004

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    Location: Up north in Sunderland

    Grew up with him as my idol, used to watch all the X-games late at night. Spent countless hours on the bmx games and Rode myself for years.

    It's a sad day :(

    RIP Dave.
  16. AmbaLaBamba


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    Terrible news.
  17. gettothechopper


    Joined: Feb 22, 2010

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    gutted - I still ride bmx now at 33, when I started riding Mirra was at his peak and it was insane to watch
  18. Building Candy

    Wise Guy

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    was this a mental illness thing? depression, seems to happen so much to people who have such tallent. Seems like the obsession that drives them to greatness can also push you over the edge.
  19. anything I don't mind


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    Location: london

    Very sad news.
  20. hardkore


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    Rip mirra. Legend.