Erik Roner, MTV's 'Nitro Circus' star, dead at 39 in skydiving accident

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Professional athlete and MTV reality star Erik Roner died after a skydiving accident near Lake Tahoe, California, Monday, TheWrap has learned.

He was 39 years old.

Roner was part of the Nitro Circus, an action sports collective which had its own reality show on MTV for two seasons. Roner was also the host of "Locals," a travel show on sports-focused satellite network Outside Television.

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"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," said Rob Faris, Senior VP, Programming and Production at Outside Television, in a statement. "Our hearts go out to his family."

According to the local CBS affiliate, Roner was part a group skydiving performance at Squaw Valley Monday morning. He became entangled with a tree, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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