MTV Star Erik Roner Dies In Skydiving Accident At 39
It's a sad day for the wife and two children of Erik Roner, the 39-year-old extreme sports athlete who died in a skydiving accident on Monday morning. His death, which occured during a skydiving performance at a golf event in Olympic County, California is confirmed by the Placer County Sheriff's Deputies. The athlete appeared regularly on MTV's Nitro Circus, an action sport collective of men who travel around the world performing stunts.
While performing the stunt that killed him, Roner was caught in a tree while trying to safely land, and became entangled in the branches high above the ground. Though resue personnel were able to get him down from the tree, his was pronounced dead at the scene.
Roner hosted a show, Locals, on Sports network Outside Television. Rob Faris, senior VP of programming and production at Outside Television said in a statement: “There are no words that can express this tremendous loss to the Outside Television family. Erik was not only a colleague, but also a personal friend, and it was a joy to watch him celebrate life on a daily basis. We are still trying to process this tragedy. Our hearts go out to his family.”
The late extreme athlete was raised in Northern California and had a dream of making a mark in the skiing world. To commemorate his life, Outside Television will air Locals for four hours on Tuesday night.