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Sports, entertainment world mourns the passing of X Games star Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra, the versatile, record-setting BMX freestyle rider who helped define the X Games, died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police in Greenville, N.C. He was 41.

ESPN issued this statement regarding Mirra: “Dave Mirra, your courage, determination and natural skill in everything you pursued pushed the world of action sports to become a better place. From all of us at X Games and ESPN, we salute your contributions. Our sincere condolences go out to Dave’s wife, Lauren, his daughters Mackenzie and Madison, the BMX community and friends of Dave Mirra.”

Many of his peers in the action sports world and entertainers saluted Mirra, who owned the most X Games medals in history through the summer of 2013, on social media. Here is a sampling:

https://twitter.com/Levi_LaVallee/status/695423888222609410

https://twitter.com/JamieOGrady/status/695416281688739841

https://twitter.com/TheDingoInSnow/status/695412737594118144

https://twitter.com/devhynes/status/695402885182402564

Joyce Wang, Danny Chi and Crystal Yang Edwards contributed to this post.

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