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Dave Mirra's friend wonders if brain trauma led to BMX star's suicide

Dave Mirra's friend wonders if brain trauma led to BMX star's suicide

The death of BMX star Dave Mirra has led many to wonder if brain trauma like CTE played a role in his suicide Thursday.

Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, N.C., and a friend of Mirra, said Friday during a news conference that he thinks there might be a link between Mirra's death and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been tied to repeated concussions in NFL players.

Mirra was a beloved figure in the world of extreme sports, and his name headlined several BMX video games. Until the 2013 X Games in Munich, he held the record for the most medals in history with 24. Of those, 14 were gold medals.

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