BMX star found dead: Scot Alexander Breithaupt
Published: July 7, 2015
BMX star found dead: Scot Alexander Breithaupt, A body found Saturday in a vacant lot in Indio has been identified as Scot Alexander Breithaupt, a founder of bicycle motocross and a National BMX Hall of Fame member.
Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall confirmed Breithaupt’s identity and affiliation with the sport Sunday night.
“We believe that is the same person – that he is a founder of BMX. … That is the same guy,” Marshall added.
Breithaupt, 57 of La Quinta, was found in a tent in the lot at the southwest corner of Las Palmas Road and Monroe Street around 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
Marshall said in a news release that Breithaupt had been dead for an unknown amount of time before someone noticed his body and called police.
The cause of his death is under investigation by the county coroner. Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play.
The National BMX Hall of Fame described Breithaupt, in a Facebook post Sunday, as “The Godfather of BMX.”
“As one of the sport’s first track operators and founder of SE Bikes – and so many other contributions to the sport of BMX, this is a huge loss for the BMX World. He was a founding track operator, a star racer since he was a teenager in Long Beach, a creator of a major bicycling company and major BMX promoter,” the association said in its post.
Breithaupt was passionate about the sport, said Craig Barrette, chief communications officer for USA BMX/The American Bicycle Association.
He was featured in a 2005 documentary, “Joe Kid on a Stingray,” about the inception of the sport.
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