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Police: BMX icon Dave Mirra found dead of apparent suicide in Greenville, N.C.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Greenville, N.C., say BMX icon Dave Mirra was found dead of an apparent suicide Thursday evening. 

Officers found Mirra, 41, sitting in a truck with "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound" after visiting friends in the area, according to a post on Facebook.  

"We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift. He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon," said City of Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas.

According to police, Greenville is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders. 

Mirra leaves behind a wife and two children. 

Police urge anyone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK.

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