Erik Gates Dead at 47

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Erik Gates, the 47-year-old rocketry expert who appeared on Discovery Channel's 'MythBusters' died Sunday in a freak accident.

Gather reports that Gates fell 30 feet to his death through a rooftop skylight on which he and a colleague were working. Gates suffered blunt force chest injuries, but was still talking after the fall, according to the report. He died later at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA.

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Terrible way to go.
Saw him on the show a few times, RIP.
 

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Rest in peace Erik Gates, my condolences to his friends and family.
 

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He was the expert on rockets before they went to New Mexico Tech. The guy who helped strap any rocket to something like if you can swing a child around a swing set. :(
 

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Sucks :(

It's a guarantee they're going to make a tribute episode to him next Mythbusters season. Can't do it this season since it's already done.
 

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He was the expert on rockets before they went to New Mexico Tech. The guy who helped strap any rocket to something like if you can swing a child around a swing set. :(
That is a good picture....albeit low quality.
 
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