Axl Rotten And Dave Mirra Have Passed Away

Axl Rotten and Dave Mirra

With the new year in full swing, everyone is making changes and hopefully sticking to their resolutions. Unfortunately, 2016 has quickly become a year plagued by deaths. Tonight, we are saddened to report the passing of ECW original Axl Rotten and BMX rider Dave Mirra.

Brian Knighton, professionally known as Axl Rotten, was best known as a member of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling. He and his former tag-team partner, Ian Rotten, became well-known for their usage of barbed wire baseball bats. The level of blood and violence was not normal wrestling circumstances, but gained popularity and was named the 1995 “Feud Of The Year” by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine. As a result of this, ECW gained its’ own popularity, much more than it likely already would have. Knighton was found dead today in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 44. It is currently unknown how he passed.

Dave Mirra was a very established BMX athlete. Considered an icon in the pro-BMX world, Mirra played an important part in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which is now home to over 20 professional BMX riders. Mirra had won more medals in the annual X-Games than any other athlete. Despite being hit by a drunk driver who nearly killed him in 1993, Mirra came back to win several X Game gold medals in the late 1990’s. In 2005, he won his record eighteenth X-Games medal, as well as the ESPY award for best Male Action Sports Athlete of 2005. Dave Mirra was found today sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is survived by his wife and two children. He was 41 years old. Mayor of the City of Greenville, Allen Thomas, had this to say regarding Mirra’s death:

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift. He called Greenville, North Carolina, home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon”.

Rest in peace, Brian Knighton and Dave Mirra.

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