BMX legend Dave Mirra was found dead on Thursday from an apparent suicide at the age of 41.
The dad-of-two is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Greenville Police Department in North Carolina.
The body of Mirra – who hosted two seasons of the popular MTV show Real World/Road Rules Challenge – was discovered in his truck, less than 1,000 feet from his former high school.
He leaves behind a wife Lauren and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison.
Greensville mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement.”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,”
Mirra medaled at every X Games from 1995 to 2008. He finished his glittering career with a total of 24 medals, 14 of which were gold.
He posted two Instagram photos shortly before he was found dead, one of him and his wife and a photo of himself riding his bike from high school.
‘My rock! Thank god,’ wrote Mirra alongside the photo of his wife.
The last photo, of himself riding his bike, was posted just moments before his body was discovered and said; ‘Rose high school Greenville Nc.’
He also posted a picture of himself boxing on Wednesday, writing; ‘Fight to win! We all have a battles to fight. Never back down. Love you all. #diewithyourbootson.’