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Dave Mirra, Legendary BMX Rider Who Took Own Life, Had CTE: Report

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Dave Mirra, of Greenville, North Carolina, performs on his way to 1st place during the BMX Park Final of the Nike 6.0 BMX Open on June 27, 2009 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 07:01 AM

Dave Mirra, the legendary BMX rider who took his own life earlier this year, suffered from the brain disease CTE like many other athletes, doctors have reportedly concluded.

ESPN reports a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto and two others have confirmed the diagnosis, The Associated Press reported. CTE is short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been tied to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia.

Mirra died at age 41 on Feb. 4 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mirra was one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, winning 14 gold medals and 24 overall.

He also hosted MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" and lent his name to two video games.

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