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Police: BMX Rider Dave Mirra Dies at 41 of Apparent Suicide

"A great friend and wonderful human being."

Dave Mirra pauses during practice for the Panasonic Open event Thursday, June 9, 2005, in Louisville, Ky. Mirra clearly enjoys his life these days, and who could blame him? He's one of the featured stars of a national action sports tour and the host of a reality show on MTV, and he soon will be married. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Dave Mirra pauses during practice for the Panasonic Open event Thursday, June 9, 2005, in Louisville, Ky. Mirra clearly enjoys his life these days, and who could blame him? He's one of the featured stars of a national action sports tour and the host of a reality show on MTV, and he soon will be married. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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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