Erik Roner, Star of MTV's 'Nitro Circus,' Dies at 39

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Erik Roner

Roner hit a tree during a skydiving performance Monday, according to witnesses.

Police say an extreme sports and MTV star who was skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event in Squaw Valley, California, died when he struck a tree.

Placer County Sheriff office's Capt. Dennis Walsh says 39-year-old Erik Roner died early Monday during a skydiving accident at the golf course.

Walsh says witnesses told deputies that Roner was part of a group conducting a skydiving performance for a golf event when he hit a tree while trying to land and became entangled high above ground.

He says authorities were not able to remove him from the tree, and Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.

All the other skydivers landed safely.

Roner was known for being part of the Nitro Circus crew on MTV and also was an avid and accomplished skier.