Erik Gates Dead at 47

posted 2009-12-30 14:08:23 by jill

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.

Gates owned Gateco Electric and he and the company's CFO appeared as amateur experts, alongside special effects gurus Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (pictured right). On the show, myths, rumors and other pop cultural phemon are put to the test, such as whether a banana peel can actually make a person slip. Team experiments are then labeled as "busted," "plausible" or "confirmed."