Dave Mirra: ‘BMX Star’ was suffering from CTE at time of suicide

Updated: May 24, 2016
Dave Mirra: BMX Star was suffering from CTE at time of suicide

Dave Mirra was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) following his death in February.

The XGames site just released an interview with Dave’s wife, Lauren Mirra, in which she discusses Dave’s CTE diagnosis, and the days leading up to his tragic death. It’s a heavy topic but, a necessary read for anyone who’s been a fan of Dave through the years (which I assume is every single one of us).

Statement from Katie Moses Swope, Dave Mirra’s publicist, on behalf of the Mirra family:

“Following the death of BMX icon Dave Mirra, the Mirra family decided to pursue posthumous neurological testing which included a study for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The study was coordinated by the University of Toronto and the Canadian Concussion Centre under the direction of Lili-Naz Hazrati, M.D., PhD. Leading neuropathologists from the U.S. and abroad unanimously confirmed the diagnosis of CTE.

From Dave’s wife, Lauren Mirra: “We would like to thank our family, friends and the overwhelming number of Dave’s fans who have supported us during this difficult time. We ask for your continued support in honoring Dave’s legacy and for your patience as we plan to create a platform for CTE awareness and research.”