This is sad and tragic. Could this have been prevented?

Daily Mail – BMX legend Dave Mirra was found dead in his truck of an apparent suicide on Thursday, and now officials are suggesting a brain injury may have caused him to become depressed.

The 41 year old, who also hosted two seasons of the popular MTV show Real World/Road Rules Challenge, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while visiting his family in Greenville, North Carolina, according to local police.

He was discovered in his car less than 1,000 feet from a local high school, just after meeting up with a friend.

He leaves behind a wife, Lauren, and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison.

At a Friday morning press conference, officials seemed to suggest that head injuries sustained during his years of BMX riding may have had an adverse effect on Mirra’s mental health.

The condition CTE has been in the spotlight lately, with many researchers looking into whether there’s a connection between head injuries sustained in sports like football with issues like depression and dementia.

Depression is a symptom of CTE and multiple football players who have committed suicide have been diagnosed with CTE posthumously. The disease can only be diagnosed during an autopsy.

‘This is a young man…that had a pretty rugged sports career and took a lot of injuries,’ Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said Friday.

‘You have to give pause and think and wonder, just as we hear about brain trauma in football and other sports and activities, whether that played a factor.’

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