Mike Cinqmars at the X-Games
In an update on the tragic and untimely death of 31 year old Mike Cinqmars, it seems the autopsy results have come back as inconclusive. On the morning of Friday, December 11th, Cinqmars’ sister, Cassey Fisher, found him unconscious in his home. He was rushed to the St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California where he was pronounced dead. Due to the inconclusive autopsy, Coroner’s officials are ordering a toxicology screening.
Cinqmars was most famous for his silver medal at the 1999 X Games Freestyle Competition beating out Metal Mulisha’s, Brian Deegan. In 2001, he suffered a career crushing injury when he broke his back filming his own movie 35/01. Falling from his bike at a staggering 35 feet, he was unable to ride from that point and according to his sister became depressed as a result. “There was nothing he could do in the industry. He couldn’t ride again and he was struggling and he was down and out. He struggled with the fact that he was this rising star and suddenly he couldn’t ride anymore,” his sister said to the Victorville Daily Press.
Due to his back injury Cinqmars did take prescription painkillers but his family was unaware of conversations he had with his doctors. Spokeswoman Sandy Fatland has said that the chief medical examiner for the San Bernadino County Coroner’s Office has requested medical records from his personal physician. On Thursday afternoon, he was taken to the hospital by family members, after he lost consciousness but doctors released him after running unspecified tests. The doctors theorized that some of his prescriptions were incompatible.
Regardless of what toxicology results may reveal, there is no question that the motocross world has lost one of the greats. Mike “Cinq” Cinqmars was a talent and an innovator of the industry. He was a beloved member of his family and will no doubt be missed by friends and fans alike. His sister said, “We were the best of friends growing up. He taught my sons how to ride a motorcycle and was like their second father. We were very close. Our family was very close.”
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 11th ,at 11 am at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park.