Erik Roner, an extreme athlete
whose feats were seen regularly
on MTV and Outside Television,
died Monday in a parachuting
accident, California authorities
Witnesses told the Placer County Sheriff’s Office that Roner was participating in a group skydive at
the Squaw Valley Institute’s annual Celebrity Golf Tournament.
“One of the skydivers impacted a tree while attempting to land and became entangled with the
tree high above the ground,” the office said.
“Rescue personnel were able to remove the skydiver from the tree; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
The other skydivers landed without incident.
Roner, a native of northern California, cultivated a fan base with his breathtaking ski-BASE jump excursions. He was featured on the MTV series “Nitro Circus” and in 2012’s “Nitro Circus: The
One of his YouTube videos has nearly half a million views.
He was also a host of the series “Locals” on Outdoor TV, a niche cable channel.
“RIP,” fellow MTV star Johnny Knoxville tweeted Monday night. “You will be missed my friend.”
“There are no words that can express this tremendous loss to the Outside Television family,” Rob Faris, the channel’s senior vice president of programming and production, said in a statement
“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,” Faris said. “We are still trying to process this tragedy. Our hearts go out to his
Roner’s biography on his web site ends with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson: “Faster, faster, faster
until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”
Roner is survived by his wife Annika and two children.