US agency investigates extreme sports star’s skydiving death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the death of an extreme sports star who crashed into a tree during a skydiving stunt at a Northern California golf course.

Authorities say Erik Roner of Tahoe City died Monday as he performed with other skydivers before a golf tournament in Squaw Valley, about 5 miles from Lake Tahoe’s northwest shore.

The 39-year-old was also a skier and BASE jumper who regularly appeared on an MTV show about extreme sports.

Witnesses told Placer County sheriff’s deputies that Roner hit a tree while trying to land and became entangled high above the ground. The other parachutists landed safely on the golf course’s fairway.

Roner is survived by his wife and two children.