Erik Roner, a well-known action sports athlete who starred in MTV's Nitro Circus, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, CA, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
The 39-year-old was performing with a group during a golf tournament at Olympic Valley when he hit the tree and became stuck high above the ground, Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner said in a statement.
Roner, who lived in Tahoe City, CA, was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind two daughters.
“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,” the MTV network said in a statement.
Roner also appeared in several films and television programs produced by Teton Gravity Network (TGR), including as a host for a program aired by Outside TV, according to a report on TGR's website.