I'm in my early 30's right in the demographic of the first X-Games. I mean this as sincerely and as seriously as I can that I hope he didn't shoot himself in the head. He deserves to have his brain studied as much as any NFL star. The wrecks, smashes, and slams he took in his career had to result in multiple concussions. R.I.P. Dave. You're the reason everyone in my neighbor had grind pegs.
These types of accidents don't happen everyday in professional skating, which is part of the reason this is so eye-opening and thread-worthy. This is a rare occurrence and pro skaters don't suffer anymore injuries than anyone else in another sport.