Erik Roner, an adventure sports star and host of Outside Television’s Locals, was killed Monday in a parachuting accident at Squaw Valley, Calif.
“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.”
Powder Magazine reports Roner was participating in a four-man jump as part of the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament:
Roner descended into the drop zone but was off target and hit a large tree. According to witnesses, Roner was suspended by his chute 25-30 feet off the ground for at least 40 minutes until emergency crews could reach him. He was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Cause of death is still unknown.
Outside TV will honor Roner by airing Locals on Tuesday from 7 p.m. ET through 11 p.m. ET.