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The extreme sports community is mourning the tragic death of legendary stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer at the age of 51

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The extreme sports community is mourning the tragic death of legendary stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer at the age of 51.

Pfeiffer, who was a much-loved legend in the motorcycle world, was confirmed dead by the BMW Motorrad team on Wednesday.

“In memory of an outstanding stunt rider and an amazing person,” BMW posted on Twitter.

“We will never forget all the memories we made together.

“Rest in peace, Chris! All our thoughts are with his family.”

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Pfeiffer’s body was reportedly discovered over the weekend after a long battle with depression.

The multiple world champion is the only four-time winner of the prestigious Red Bull Scramble and has held multiple Guinness world records.

The former Red Bull athlete has worked with the likes of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise.

Pfeiffer retired from the sport in 2015, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

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“After 20 years as a professional rider I’ve decided that it’s time to stop riding shows,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.

“I’m 45-years-old now and in the past months it’s become increasingly hard to ride at a top level.

“But this has always been my ambition and I’ve always said that if I cannot get any better then it’ll be time for me to quit and to leave the field to younger riders.

“In the past 20 years I’ve ridden thousands of shows all around the world – in 94 countries! It’s been an unforgettable experience with countless adventures and experiences.

“I’ve worked hard to bring the sport stunt riding out into the mainstream and to thrill, enthuse and entertain many spectators. What a wonderful time I’ve had!

“I rode my last stunt riding contest in 2010 and not too long ago I performed at what was probably my last show.

“But one thing’s for sure, I will not quit riding – because riding is my life. That will never change.”

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