GREENVILLE, N.C. — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck.

Mirra, who was married with two children, had been visiting friends in the area, officials said.

Mayor Allen Thomas called Mirra “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,” Thomas said.

Two Instagram posts were published to Mirra’s account in the hours before his death, including one featuring his wife, Lauren.

Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in ESPN’s X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals.

His one-time record of 24 career medals was broken in 2013 by Bob Burnquist.

Mirra, who hosted MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” and had two video games that carried his name, was also in exclusive company with Shaun White as the only athletes to win multiple gold medals over three X Games. Mirra was also tied with Tony Hawk and Joe Parsons as the fastest athletes to win 14 X Games medals. It took them eight appearances to reach the mark.

ESPN lauded Mirra’s accomplishments and expressed its condolences in a statement released Thursday night.

“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,” ESPN said in the statement.

“Our sincere condolences go out to Dave’s wife, Lauren, his daughters Mackenzie and Madison, the BMX community and friends of Dave Mirra,” ESPN said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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