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BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide, police say

Professional BMX rider Dave Mirra poses as he arrives at the 13th annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood July 13, 2005.

Professional BMX rider Dave Mirra poses as he arrives at the 13th annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood July 13, 2005.  (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck. They say he had been visiting friends in the area.

Mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra "a great friend and wonderful human being."

Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.

He also hosted MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" and two video games carried his name.

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