BMX icon Dave Mirra has died of an apparent suicide. I'm at a complete loss for words and have nothing more to add other than our sincere thoughts are with his family. Dave changed our entire landscape and I can't even begin to express how much he was loved by the BMX world.

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Some words from the BMX world on Dave's passing -


Good bye hero of heroes. Thank you so much for everything you ever did for me and others, you were a true inspiration. Ride in peace my friend. Love you ❤️ RIP.

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Rest In Peace Dave Mirra, can't believe the news, true legend and best to ever do it . @davemirra

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No words. We will miss you old friend!

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Can't believe this news. Total legend in anything he wanted to do. Rip Dave.

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Thank you for everything Dave. Gonna miss you brotha. R.I.P.

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#legend #thankyou @davemirra #bmx

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R.I.P. Dave Mirra. #bmx legend.

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Thank you Dave.

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For you Dave. THE MEASURE OF A MAN Not - How did he die? But - How did he live? Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give? These are the things that measure the worth Of a man as a man, regardless of birth. Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart? And - How did he play his God-given part? Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer? To bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed? But - Had he befriended those really in need? Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say? But - How many were sorry when he passed away? These are the things that measure the worth Of a man as a man, regardless of birth. For you Dave, and all the times we lit the ramp on fire and pushed the very limits of our talents to chase the same dream. Goodbye my hero, my mentor, my inspiration. Goodbye.

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I've literally written 5 different captions for this and deleted them. I'm so mad, confused, frustrated, and just out there right now. Dave was our voice. He's the guy that made the world stand up and notice BMX. He made BMX a sport. I announced my first X-games in 2005, I vividly remember contemplating how on earth I was going to announce Dave Mirra. Like what do you say about someone like Dave? Thankfully..when Dave rode..nobody is paying attention to anything other than Dave. It's so insane to me to think that a guy that I admired and emulated as a kid would later become my friend. THATS HOW BMX WORKS THOUGH!! This small weird subculture gives back exactly what you put into it. Passion sees no boundaries. It has been an incredible experience to watch this little kid from NY pulling backwards decades at 14 at the 1988 Columbus Ohio AFA masters, grow into the most popular, iconic, and legendary faces BMX will ever know. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING DAVE. You changed all of our lives for the better and I can't ever repay you for your gifts. We are gonna miss you man. This was from 2009 Dew Tour, thanks for @fattonybmx for the photo. I always loved interviewing Dave because I always wanted to hear what he had to say. Heres to the greatest to ever touch a BMX.

Legend status for Dave Mirra is an understatement, he was bigger than bmx and took everything he did to the limits. Like most, watching Dave ever since he was a kid was always inspiring. He made riding look good to whoever saw him ride or speak, he was one of our best ambassadors we’ve ever had to date. More than all that, he always stayed humble. Always one to reach out and say hello and take time out to talk with you. He’ll always be in my mind as the best to do it. His passing really hit home hearing the news last night. After talking to my 4 year old that a friend just died, he said something that really got me choked up, “he’s a star that will always be with you.” He doesn’t understand death but maybe he knows more than I thought.

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Life can change in a nano second. We have all lost a friend and a champion and find ourselves numb and deeply saddened by this. Now we have to find a way to create some light from the darkness that Dave must have felt, and that we all feel now. Dave has a special place in the heart, mind, and soul of Haro. We have a specially commissioned original oil painting of Dave in our office as appreciation and as a reminder to all who work here for all that he did for the sport and for our company. There it will remain forever! We offer our deepest sympathies to the Mirra family and pray that your pain will ease with time. Nothing prepares you for this, and ultimately it will be the love of friends and family that will help get you through to the place where you can find your balance once again and breathe. Energy does not go away, it transforms. To Dave, we would say that your invisible chains have been released, you are now free to fly throughout the Universe as you have always done so well here on earth. There is much love here, for you and for your family, forever. Until we meet again.....

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9 comments
  • satoorne

    2/19/2016 3:46 AM

    Some words, pictures and videos about Dave on our french oldschool website : http://oldschoolbmxfrance.com/2016/02/08/dave-mirra-1974-2016/
    It's in french but some documents are unreleased...

  • Old George

    2/15/2016 8:30 AM

    So many good words from so many… tears, it still hurts and leaves me speechless…

  • Mr.Lucky 2002

    2/5/2016 6:33 AM

    From me and my brother and group of friends thank you Dave, your style was 100% Unique and Original and the Mirracle Boy and Nyquist was one of the best things I have seen and continue to see thank you you were one of the most humble people out there. When my little brother asked you for an Autograph at the Vans Triple Crown in Oceanside you asked him if he knew who you were and he said the guy that rode for Haro you brushed his hair and smiled. You will be missed the Boss Dave Mirra!

  • jham

    2/4/2016 10:55 PM

    Unreal just unreal......... Dave was a beast on his bike, I'm a firm believer that when any riders bike is built and dialed in with time and love it takes on a certain soul and heart and becomes more then just metal and parts..... imagine the souls this man Dave Mirra has built up over the years... I grew up on turning on espnxgames as a14yr old in 96ish not knowing about haro and Hoffman anything yet seeing Dave rip shit up on yellow blammo 4 pegs gyro front brakes and kneesaver bars, I said right there that is the sickest shit I've ever seen IM DOING THAT!
    Dave , I owe you soooo much thanks for changing my life then and solidifying my riding future to come You were a true savage on 2 pedals RIde in peace Man

  • T-Dawgg

    2/4/2016 6:18 PM

    WTF.....How?....Why? Damnnnn....RIP bro

  • SoloBike

    2/4/2016 6:04 PM

    Dave mirra was the reason why I rode he's a childhood hero to me in for me to get a chance to meet him was honor in itself thank you Dave for the motivation I currently have the 2003 Haro mirra pro i won several trophies cash prizes

    With the bike being out of commission now I'm going to try and make it run again after that I will ride that bike one last time

  • TD_BMX_16

    2/4/2016 5:44 PM

    I can't believe this... So sad... Ride In Peace

  • dave lawrence

    2/4/2016 4:53 PM

    RIP

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