A written statement from Greenville Police Department:
“It is with great sadness that we report to you the death of Dave Mirra. As many of you know, yesterday Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide.
When officers arrived, they found Mr. Mirra sitting in his truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident. We have been able to determine Mirra’s own gun was used and all preliminary findings of the medical examiner on-scene point to suicide.
Dave was an iconic figure here in Greenville and around the world. A tremendous athlete – he was integral in putting Greenville on the map when it came to extreme sports. Many have described him as a generous, loving man, who knew no strangers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved him, especially to his wife, Lauren, and his two beautiful young daughters.
In times like these, it’s difficult to know what to say. Many of you standing before us today are probably asking the question “why?” We can assure you, Dave’s loved ones are asking themselves the same thing. That is not a question we will be answering today. The truth is, we may never know “why.” Suicide is a personal matter and we intend to keep it that way. It’s clear Dave struggled with internal demons – tragically, to the point where he chose to take his own life. It is our job now, not just as law enforcement, but as a community, to provide the support and resources necessary to help his family and friends get through this.
Yesterday’s news highlights the need for vigilance and intervention against the tragedy of suicide. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, we hope someone who is watching today will reach out to a friend in need. We hope someone who is watching today, realizes that they are not alone.
We appreciate the continued respect you have shown to the Mirra family and the privacy you have given them during this difficult time.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK.”