It's been a day for thought. It's been a day of mourning. It's been a day for remembering.
It's hard not to feel saddened by it all. As we all think of how Dave Mirra has affected us, how his inspiration has moulded so many of our lives both on and off his BMX, we must remember the good he brought, the lives he changed and the legacy he leaves. He was a real life superhero, and with that comes a certain feeling that he should have immortality. I didn't think I would ever see this day come, and now that it has, it's hard to digest. After seeing the outpouring of love and appreciation today, something good must come of this, we must learn somehow from our loss.
We know very little of the circumstances, and it's not something I particularly want to comment or dwell on, I'd rather think of all the good memories I have.
I do however understand that so many people out there will somehow be able to relate to this story in some way. I think it's incredibly important that we use this time to reach out to one another, to take the time to notice one another, and be sympathetic and understanding towards everyone.
The Samaritans offer a reaching hand out to everyone, they offer professional advice and help, so please, never be worried to ask for help - it's the one thing we all need in life sometimes.
Here are a few messages from fellow riders and athletes we saw today, these speak volumes...
Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories... we are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/RHpTe7Qzwi
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 5, 2016
I feel sick. I'm mourning Dave Mirra.
— Sebastian Keep (@sebastiankeep) February 5, 2016
I'd risk the fall ,just to know how it feels to fly #RIPDaveMirra legends never die !!!
— Dan Lacey (@Laceyskate1988) February 5, 2016
• 19 X Games appearances
• 24 total medals
• 14 gold medals
• 6 silver medals
• 4 bronze medals pic.twitter.com/SGqDuYrra5
— X Games (@XGames) February 5, 2016
— rafa (@BianconiRafa) February 5, 2016
Seriously such a shock and sad news, my child hood hero... RIP Dave Mirra it was an Honor to get… https://t.co/AYhisMgcZ5
— Pat Casey (@PatcaseyBMX) February 5, 2016
— Chad Kerley (@Chadkerley) February 5, 2016
@bkachinsky no question, he's a legend!
— Jordan H (@jsh_1) February 5, 2016
— Danny way (@dannyway) February 5, 2016
— BSD BMX (@bsdforever) February 5, 2016
Joe Baddeley - @davemirra an inspiration to anyone and everyone Including myself! From watching his videos too playing his games it's fair to say without knowing he helped sculpt who so many people are today! Thoughts go out to his family at this tragic time,#miracleboyyou will be missed!
Webbie - I'm so fucking gutted my all time hero @davemirra has left us I'm so sad. Dave you where a massive inspiration to me and as I got older and become friends with you the story's you told me made me a stronger person and I'm great full I had the chance to be friends with you and I'll always look up to you we are forever going to miss the #miracleboyRIP Dave Mirra Condolences to the family
Isaac Lesser - I can honestly say nothing had more effect on my life then these two DVDs, if it wasn't for this man my life would be very different today, thank you for everything, RIP Dave Mirra
Grant Smith - Dave Mirra at the Worlds in Germany 2004, one of the nicest guys in BMX and a true legend, it's a very sad day. RIP.
James Hitchcox -Dave Mirra at king of concrete whip half barspin. Got to meet Dave for the first time here. He was an inspiration not just to bmxers but to so many people around the world and will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. May he rest in peace. X
Bruce Crisman - I just don't want to believe this news. I am blessed and grateful to have had Dave in my life and I wouldn't have been the rider I am now without his support and influence. His influence reigns on. RIP Dave Mirra
Matthaias Dandois - Dave Mirra has accomplished in 41 years, what normal human being wouldn't do in 10 lifes. Definition of a superhero. Rest in Peace
Chad Kerley - Legend. #davemirra
Steve Crandall - Feeling really bad about the news of Dave's passing. Safe travels old friend.
Zach Shaw - No words could possibly sum up the man Dave Mirra became or the loss that many of us are feeling now that he is gone from our lives, my thoughts go out to his family and his friends around the World. Rest In Peace Dave it was an honour to have known you and share unforgettable moments while riding BMX Bikes together
Jamie Bestwick - I Love you man. Goodnight.