Doctors Confirm That Dave Mirra Had CTE

by editors on May 24, 2016


It appears that Dave Mirra the BMX legend, who killed himself in February of 2016, had CTE, the same neurodegenerative disease that has claimed the lives of so many football players, according to a story on

Mirra is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. He died on Feb. 4 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. . . The tau protein deposits found in Mirra’s brain were indistinguishable from the kind that have been found in the brains of former football and hockey players with CTE, Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, the Toronto neuropathologist, told ESPN The Magazine.

The news may come as an explanation for many of Mirra’s actions late in life, but can never make the loss to his family or the BMX community any less painful. It is, however, a solid reminder of how bad concussions are even if you’re wearing a helmet. Click the link for the rest of the story.


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