Earlier this year, the sports world was rocked when BMX legend Dave Mirra died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It now looks like there may be some details surrounding his death and it could be linked to CTE, according to his wife Lauren.
Lauren Mirra spoke with ESPN and talked about how her husband’s death is likely linked to his bout with concussions throughout his career. In February, Mirra became the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with CTE.
“I was used to them and used to hearing about them and probably didn’t take them seriously,” Lauren Mirra said about Dave’s concussions.
She later spoke to Uproxx about the situation and said that she started to see a change in him last summer.
“He was always a really intense person,” she said. “His intensity just started to increase. For sure last summer, I started to notice changes in his mood. And then it quickly started to get worse. The last couple months before he died were really intense, and then, of course, the last couple weeks were hard. We didn’t know what we were dealing with.”
All we can hope is that the sport of BMX and any other sport learns from Dave Mirra’s tragic passing and tries to make their athletes more aware of concussions.
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