GREENVILLE, NC - The sports world is mourning the loss of a legend. Extreme sports pioneer Dave Mirra was found dead Thursday evening in North Carolina. Police say he shot himself.
"Dave was an iconic figure here in Greenville and around the world," said Greenville Police Department PIO Kristen Hunter, "He was integral in putting Greenville on the map when it came to extreme sports."
Mirra was 41 years old, and leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
He rose to fame in the 1990s as the world's top athlete in BMX. His outrageous stunts helped bring action sports to the mainstream, and earned him medals in the ESPN X Games every year from 1995 to 2008. He was a virtual superstar. His best-selling "Dave Mirra Freestyle" video game inspired countless young riders.
"He was such a friendly and humble guy around this community," said Greenville Mayor Allen Yhomas, "A life cut too short, and you just wish you could have got to him and understood but, you know, we're going to miss him."
Mirra's friend and fellow badass Tony Hawk paid his respects via Twitter:
"Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories...we are heartbroken."