Lauren Mirra Receives Social Media Tribute from Husband, Dave Mirra Posted It Shortly Before Taking His Life

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Lauren Mirra is grieving the untimely passing of her husband. Dave Mirra, BMX bike legend, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday. His body was discovered in his car around 4:00 in the afternoon, according to the Greenville, North Carolina Police Department. Kristen Hunter of the Greenville Police Department told People magazine Dave was visiting with friends before taking his life. His friends found his body.

Prior to taking his life, Dave posted a tribute to wife Lauren Mirra via social media.

"My rock! Thank god," he captioned a photo of him with Lauren. The two are drinking champagne and smiling for the camera.

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on

Dave Mirra frequently shared posts of and about Lauren Blackwell Mirra, who is a Certified Holy Yoga instructor--and their two daughters. Just over two years ago, he considered retiring to spend more time with his family.

"I have two daughters, ages 5 and 7, and they actually rip on their bikes," he said during an interview with ESPN at that time. "They’re more interested in racing than tricks, and they’re out-of-hand fast. We also got a go-kart for them, because they get stoked on watching rallycross, and we’ve been throwing up some cones in the parking lot. And what’s truly amazing is they’re also way into triathlons. They’re both much better swimmers than I ever was, and they just did a triathlon where the age group was 6 to 8. Maddie got second and Kenzie got third. She’s wasn’t even 6 yet but they let her race, so that’s pretty impressive! It just blows my mind. If they’re getting that go-for-it attitude and competitive spirit from me, then I couldn’t be more proud.”

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on

Now Lauren Mirra is left to raise their daughters as a single mom.

Merry Christmas! Joy to all. These smiles are all I ever ask for. #happybdayjesus?

A photo posted by Dave Mirra (@davemirra) on

Hopefully Lauren Mirra and her two girls have lots of family and close friends to lean on for support in the coming days and weeks.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.