Did Dave Mirra Have CTE? Greenville Mayor Suggests Head Trauma May Have Led To BMX Legend’s Suicide
They had a press conference about the death of Dave Mirra today, and Greenville, NC mayor Allen Thomas dropped somewhat of a bombshell. He had a chance meeting with Mirra outside of a local restaurant just before his suicide.
Mirra was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday, just a short distance from his former high school.
The 41-year-old BMX pro, who hosted two seasons of Real World/Road Rules Challenge, had sustained several injuries and been involved in countless spills and crashes on bicycles. In addition, he was into amateur boxing.
Thomas said that he noticed nothing wrong with Mirra, and the two had a good chat about a variety of subjects. Thomas was at the press conference today. Daily Mail:
"This is a young man...that had a pretty rugged sports career and took a lot of injuries," Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said Friday.
"You have to give pause and think and wonder, just as we hear about brain trauma in football and other sports and activities, whether that played a factor."
Mirra was one of the greatest athletes in the history of the X-Games, having won 24 medals. His death has hit hard in the extreme sports community.
Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories... we are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/RHpTe7Qzwi
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 5, 2016
Mirra had been visiting with a friend in Greenville just before the apparent suicide. The friend stated that he, also, didn't suspect anything was wrong.
One tends to connect CTE disorders with the NFL, but athletes in any contact sport are susceptible, according to doctors. Some youth soccer leagues have even banned headers over concerns about head trauma.
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