Extreme Sports Star Erik Roner Dies in California Skydiving Accident

Erik Roner Base Jumps off The Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Erik Roner in 2011.

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By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Extreme sports performer Erik Roner died in a skydiving accident near Lake Tahoe, California, on Monday after he struck a tree, authorities said.

The 39-year-old Roner 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.

Erik Roner in 2011.

Roner, who lived in Tahoe City, California, was pronounced dead at the scene, Bonner said. All the other performers reached the ground safely, he said.

Roner was well known among fans of extreme sports, performing in ski films and on MTV's "Nitro Circus," which featured daredevil stunts.

"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 network said in a statement.