Doctors confirm BMX legend Dave Mirra had CTE at time of death. Video New York Daily News

Dave Mirra, the BMX legend who took his own life in February, was suffering from CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) at the time of his death.

Doctors in Toronto told ESPN that Mirra had deposits of tau protein in the frontal and temporal lobes of his brain, telltale signs of the neurodegenerative disease that has affected so many athletes in contact sports, most-notably football players.

“I couldn’t tell the difference,” Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati told ESPN of the comparison between Mirra’s brain and the brains of athletes from other sports who were living with CTE at the time of their deaths. More at nydailynews.com

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