'MythBusters' regular Erik Gates dead

Erik Gates, an occasional guest on the popular myth testing show Mythbusters died this week following a work-related accident that led to a thirty foot fall.

Gates, the owner of Gateco Electric fell through a skylight on Sunday and suffered blunt force to his chest which led to his death. The accident occurred on the worksite of Xirrus, a company owned by his brother Dirk Gates. Xirrus’ CFO released the following statement:

“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 two brothers actively maintained a website together: Gates Brother Rocketry. The Mythbusters Twitter feed also sent out their deep regrets with messages that included:

1. Team MB wishes to express our deepest sympathies on the passing of our beloved rocket expert, Erik.

2. You were an honorary MythBuster and will be sorely missed.

Gates, who appeared on the pilot for the show went on to appear in 4 episodes which according to the Inquisitr included: Ming Dynasty Astronaut (2004,) Bullet Proof water, 360 Degree Swing (2005,) and Confederate Rocket (2005.)



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