Erik Roner: According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Erik Roner, a well-known action sports athlete who starred in MTV’s Nitro Circus, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw Valley.
Roner, a professional skier and BASE jumper from Tahoe City, was killed while performing at a golf tournament at the resort.
Roner was allegedly part of a group performing a skydiving stunt, according to the sheriff’s department.
While attempting to land, he collided with a tree and was pronounced dead at the site. Nobody else was hurt.
Roner’s death was also confirmed by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Resort in a statement. The Squaw Valley Institute, an organisation to which Roner often donates his time, held the golf event in Olympic Valley, according to the statement.
The collision was witnessed by many people, including Roy Tuscany, Roner’s buddy and co-founder and executive director of the High Fives Foundation, which aids wounded action sports athletes.
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Erik just came in and cut down a tree, and everything went downhill after that,” Tuscany explained. “Having everyone seeing it only adds to the tragedy and horror.”
Tuscany met Roner in 2010 while he was recovering from a broken femur, according to Tuscany. According to him, the action actor became a personal friend and supporter of the band High Fives.
Roner’s death reignited the community’s grief over the death of Shane McConkey, another action sports celebrity, in 2009.
“This is the worst loss for the action sports community,” Tuscany added, comparing it to when Shane died. “Everyone must concentrate on Erik’s family.”
Roner’s wife, Annika Roner, remembered her husband as a devoted father to their children Oskar, 5, and Kasper, 17 months, in a statement posted late Monday.
She described Erik as “a gorgeous man, a fantastic father, a wonderful friend, and the love of my life.”
Roner had been sky diving and BASE jumping since 2000, according to his bio on the Nitro Circus website. He was a pioneer of ski BASE jumping and had been in a number of ski films.
When you travel, your true colours shine through. I’ve always wanted to travel the world on skis and discover what’s out there, since I was a kid “In a 2011 interview with Freeskier Magazine, he stated. “It’s a fantastic existence. It’s something I wouldn’t swap for anything in the world.”
Last year, Roner recreated the sequence from the movie “Up” by filming himself attached to 90 helium balloons flying over the sky while seated in a lawn chair. More than 800,000 people viewed the video on YouTube.
BASE jumping a motocross bike into the Grand Canyon was one of his exploits.
Roner highlighted the risk management involved with his manner of performing in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
“I’m not saying we’re stupid about it,” he continued, “but we’re clearly more firing from the hip.” “We don’t undertake anything we don’t believe are doable, but we do push ourselves a lot. ‘OK, this might hurt,’ or ‘this might not work as well as I expect, but I believe I can handle it.’ We only participate in activities in which we have a fighting chance.