December 31, 2009 by USA Post
Mythbusters Death:Erik Gates, who made several appearances on the TV show ‘Mythbusters’ in Discovery channel has passed away. At the time of his death he was 47 years. He died in an accident while surveying a business site affiliated with one of his owned businesses last week. Erik Gates was the owner of Gateco Electric in Thousand Oaks, California. He makes regular appearances on the show ‘Mythbusters’ where he also founded a website dedicated to his rocketry work.
Erik provided rockets and his rocketry expertise in several myths; he was an expert of rockets like JATO Chevy, Ming Dynasty Astronaut, Swingset 360, Confederate Rocket, Salami Rocket. It was reported that Erik was walking across the roof of a building which he and a coworker were working on when he suddenly fell and dropped 30 feet to his death. Reports are suggesting that he fell through a skylight and his death was caused by severe trauma to his chest. Erik was taken to the hospital and later died.
Steve DeGennaro, Xirrus Inc.’s co-founder and CFO said,
“He was a good guy, he survived cancer, he jumps with parachutes, he base jumps. He’s an active guy who was used to taking precautions. This was a freak accident that shouldn’t have happened.”
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