A television channel focused on adventure sports is mourning the death of an icon of the genre. Outside Television posted a video tribute to Erik Roner after Roner died Monday in a skydiving accident in Squaw Valley, Calif.
“Roner was part of the Outside Television family as the host of the network’s ‘Locals’ series, where he traveled the world sharing with Outside Television viewers the hidden gems of outdoor communities not revealed in guidebooks,” the network said in a statement.
Roner, 39, was well-known in action sports circles, and starred on MTV’s “Nitro Circus.” He was reportedly killed while parachuting as part of the opening ceremonies for a golf event, with the accident witnessed by spectators at the event.
Rob Faris, Senior VP, Programming and Production, for Outside Television, commented: “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.”
Outside Television planned to air four hours of “Locals” today, Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 7-11 p.m. ET, as a tribute to Roner.
Here’s a video clip posted by Outside Television in memory of Roner: