GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ESPN is reporting that Dave Mirra is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with CTE.
The online edition of ESPN The Magazine cites a University of Toronto neuropathologist’s findings, with others confirming the diagnosis.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. It’s the same chronic brain damage that has shown up in the brains of dozens of football players.
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, the Toronto neuropathologist, told ESPN The Magazine that 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.
Mirra died on Feb. 4 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Greenville.