Erik Gates of 'Mythbusters' Dies, Fell Through Skylight
Erik Gates, a rocketry expert who appeared on several episodes of Mythbusters, died. Gates was working on a roof when he fell through a skylight and plummeted 30 feet to his death. Aside from his four guest appearances on the Discovery Channel hit series Mythbusters Gates was the owner of firm Gateco Electric.
Gates was working with his brother, the President and CEO of Xirrus Inc., on a website owned by his brother, Dirk Gates' corporation. Both Erik and his brother were interested in rocketry to the point where they ran an amateur rocket website showcasing their rockets.
“He was a good guy,” Steve DeGennaro, Xirrus Inc.’s co-founder and chief financial officer, said Monday. “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.”
The Mythbusters regular suffered blunt force chest injuries from his fall on December 27, 2009. He was doing electrical work on the roof at the time of the fall.
Gates appeared on Mythbusters' pilot episode in 2003.