Erik Gates, a regular cast member on MythBusters, has died after a freak accident, aged 47.
Gates was walking on the roof of a building when he fell 30 feet to his death through a skylight he was working on. He died later in hospital.
A Rocketry expert, he provided rockets and expertise in several myths, starting with the very first experiment—the Jet Assisted Take-Off Chevy Impala.
The official Twitter page for Mythbusters has expressed condolences:
“Team MB wishes to express our deepest sympathies on the passing of our beloved rocket expert, Erik. You were an honorary MythBuster and will be sorely missed.”