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Dave Mirra, BMX Superstar and Former MTV Host, Dies of Apparent Suicide

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BMX bike superstar Dave Mirra, who also hosted MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules” challenge, has died of an apparent suicide.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his truck in North Carolina on Thursday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement officials.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Mirra hosted “The Challenge” on MTV from 2004 to 2005 as well as being the subject of the “Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX” video game series. Mirra also guest starred on an episode the “George Lopez” show in 2004.

The decorated athlete medaled in the X Games every year from its inception in 1995 to 2008, holding a total of 24 medals, which was the record at one point.

“I just wish he would have called me,” fellow BMX pro T.J. Lavin told TMZ. “I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There’s always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about this.”

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