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Action sports star Erik Roner dies in skydiving accident

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Action sports star Erik Roner dies in skydiving accident.

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Police say an extreme sports and MTV star who was skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event in Squaw Valley died when he struck a tree. Erik Roner, a well-known action sports athlete who starred in MTV’s Nitro Circus, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw Valley, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. We are still trying to process this tragedy,” said Rob Faris, senior vp, programming and production at Outside Television. “Our hearts go out to his family.” Powder Magazine reports Roner was participating in a four-man jump as part of the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament: Roner descended into the drop zone but was off target and hit a large tree. Sports network Outside Television, for which Roner hosted TV show “Locals,” issued a statement on Roner’s death Monday afternoon: “There are no words that can express this tremendous loss to the Outside Television family. Erik, 38, was reportedly performing a jump with a group of skydivers during a golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 28, when something went horribly wrong.

An active member of the extreme sports community, Roner was a frequent part of MTV’s “Nitro Circus,” which followed an “active sports collective” headed by Travis Pastrana. I always growing up wanted to travel the world on skis and see what there was out there,” he said in a 2011 interview with Freeskier Magazine. “It’s a great life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” Last year Roner made a video of himself tied to 90 helium balloons flying through the sky sitting on a lawn chair, recreating the scene from the movie “Up”. Roner was raised in Northern California and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in graphic design before setting his sights on making a mark in the ski industry, according to his website.

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