Local BMX community mourns loss of Dave Mirra

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LAKESIDE, Calif. — Thursday was race night at the Cactus Park BMX track in Lakeside, where fans were shocked and saddened about Dave Mirra’s death.

Bronze medal winner Dave Mirra speaks in a press conference after the Rally Car race during the summer X Games 14 at Home Depot Center on August 3, 2008 in Carson, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bronze medal winner Dave Mirra speaks in a press conference after the Rally Car race during the summer X Games 14 at Home Depot Center on August 3, 2008 in Carson, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

BMX legend Mirra was found dead in a vehicle in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon in what police are investigating as an “apparent suicide,” according to police.

Mirra was an icon and a role model to every BMX-er -- even those as young as four years old, said Rick Winkelman, a fan of Mirra’s.

“Every kid here knows Dave Mirra, and that’s just amazing that you can have someone like that, that young or old, recognize the name and recognize who he is and what he’s done for the sport,” Winkelman said.

Local biker Parker Heath told FOX 5 that Mirra’s death is a huge loss for the community, likening Mirra to the Tiger Woods of golf, the Tony Hawk of skateboarding and the Shaun White of snowboarding.

“He won’t be forgotten,” Winkelman said. “Some of the tricks that he started we didn’t even think were possible 10 years ago. He was one of those guys who pushed the envelope and got people to not say, you can’t do that.”

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