MTV star Erik Roner dies in skydiving accident

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MTV star Erik Roner dies in skydiving accident
Erik Roner

Roner was often featured on Travis Pastrana's extreme sports show Nitro Circus.

By Reuters

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Published: Wed 30 Sep 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 30 Sep 2015, 10:31 AM

EXTREME SPORTS ATHLETE Erik Roner, who appeared regularly on MTV's Nitro Circus, died in a skydiving accident early Monday morning, Placer County Sheriff's Deputies confirm. He was 39. Roner was conducting a skydiving performance at an Olympic County, California, resort golf event when the accident happened, according to authorities. During the performance, he was caught in a tree while trying to land, becoming entangled high above the ground. Rescue personnel were able to remove Roner from the tree, but pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene. All other skydivers landed safely. The investigation is continuing.
Sports network Outside Television 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 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," said Rob Faris, senior VP, programming and production at Outside Television. "Our hearts go out to his family."
Roner was often featured on Travis Pastrana's extreme sports show Nitro Circus and worked with Red Bull frequently.


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