Skydiver Falls To Death: Risky, Extreme Sports End Lives Early [VIDEO]
By Staff Writer | May 26, 2013 07:39 PM EDT
A skydiver fell to his death on Saturday while participating in the risky and extreme sport in a backyard in California.
Ken Oka, 62, and a group of other skydivers were attempting a multiple-person formation, but Oka unfortunately was entangled in a parachute and could not free himself.
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Oka ended up falling to the ground and losing his life.
Oka was found by police in the backyard of a home in Lake Elsinore in Riverside county. He was hospitalized, and his death was later pronounced by medical personnel.
The cause of the parachute's entangling is unknown. The police and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently conducting investigations to find the cause of Oka's sudden death.
Oka was a reportedly committed participant in the extreme sport. He organized annual skydiving competitions and even contributed money to these competitions.
He was also a judge at the annual competitions, which awarded prizes to skydivers who could link up with other skydivers in the shortest time possible.
Fellow skydivers such as Craig Stapleton called Oka an "icon," and said that they will "miss him so much."
Stapleton said, "People should know that that guy absolutely loved the sport. He loved the diving; he loved all the people in it."
Stapleton also confessed that Oka's passion for the risky sport is dangerous, saying, "It's kind of extreme skydiving."
The skydiver's recent death drew much attention to the danger of other extreme sports, as snowmobiler Caleb Moore also died while participating in the ESPN's Winter X Games earlier this year in January.
Freestyle skier Sarah Burke also died last year while playing another risky sport.
Other than skydiving, skateboarding, bike racing, snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobiling are all popular extreme sports that have caused deaths in their participants.
See below for a video on how fatally dangerous extreme sports can be.
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