Publish date:

Action sports athlete Erik Roner killed in skydiving accident

Action sports athlete Erik Roner was killed in a skydiving accident Monday morning. 

Action sports athlete Erik Roner was killed in a skydiving accident Monday morning. 

Roner, 39, was a member of the action sports collective Nitro Circus, which is featured in an MTV series. 

“Nitro Circus today received the devastating news of the tragic death of Erik Roner: husband, father and beloved member of the Nitro Circus and action sports family,” the group said in a statement

Roner was killed while diving during the opening ceremony of a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He “was off the drop zone target on descent and hit a large tree,” Nitro Circus said. 

SI Recommends

Nitro Circus said Roner was pronounced dead at a local hospital, while the Placer County Sheriff’s Office told the Los Angeles Times that he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

In addition to his work with Nitro Circus, Roner was also a professional skier and experienced BASE jumper, helping to pioneer the discipline of ski BASE jumping. He played soccer in college at BYU. 

Roner’s biography on his website features a quote from the writer Hunter S. Thompson: “Faster, faster, faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”

- Dan Gartland