“Locals,” “Nitro Circus” star dies in skydiving accident

Erik Roner, host of Outside Television's Locals series, has passed away in a skydiving accident in California.
September 29, 2015

Erik Roner (pictured), host of Outside Television’s Locals series, has died following a skydiving accident in California.

Roner, a professional skier and base jumper, previously starred in MTV action sports series Nitro Circus as well as the doc Jackass 3D. He died on Monday (September 28) while performing with a group of sky divers in the opening act for a golf event in Northern California’s Squaw Valley.

According to the Placer County Sherriff’s Office, the 39-year-old hit a tree during his descent and died on the scene from injuries.

Roner served as the host of Locals and traveled to various “outdoor communities” around the world. The program premiered in July 2014.

“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. Our hearts go out to his family,” said Robert Faris, senior VP of programming and production at Outside Television, in a statement.

Nitro Circus also issued a statement, which read in part: “Erik was world-renowned for his antics and loveable personality in Nitro Circus media and live shows across the globe. He was also one of the world’s leading ski-BASE jumpers, jumping from iconic locations around the world.

“Most importantly, Erik was a caring, generous and wonderful person — a loving husband and father to two beautiful children.”

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