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‘Nitro Circus’ Star Erik Roner Killed In Skydiving Accident

The extreme sports athlete was 39.

Action sports star Erik Roner, who starred on MTV’s “Nitro Circus,” died in a tragic skydiving accident on Monday morning (Sept. 28). He was 39.

Roner was participating in a group skydive at a charity golf tournament in Olympic Valley, Calif., when he hit a tree while attempting to land. He died at the scene, according to authorities.

Roner was raised in Northern California and had been skydiving, BASE jumping and professionally skiing since 2000. He was a member of the extreme sports Nitro Circus Crew, featured on MTV, which spawned two seasons of a hit reality show, a live world tour and a 3D feature film, 2012’s “Nitro Circus: The Movie.”

MTV said in a statement: “We at MTV and MTV2 are saddened to hear about Erik's passing, and will miss the boundless energy, fearlessness and good vibes he brought to our audience. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.”

Chad Kagy, his “Nitro Circus” co-star and a BMX athlete, wrote a message on Facebook saying, “We are all heartbroken and surprised to lose Erik Roner.”

“Nitro Circus” co-creator Johnny Knoxville also expressed his sympathies on Twitter.

Roner is survived by his wife, Annika, and two children.

The biography on Roner’s website ends with a fitting quote from Hunter S. Thompson: “Faster, faster, faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”