Shane McConkey dies BASE jumping in Italy

March 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Influential skiing daredevil Shane McConkey, 39, died Thursday after falling from a 2,000-foot cliff while performing for cameras in northern Italy.

McConkey, 39, experienced problems in the air after jumping off of a cliff in the expectation that he would be able to detach his skis and deploy his parachute, thus enabling him to glide safely to the ground, according to the Inquisitr.

According to a witness, one of McConkey’s skis failed to detach causing him to spin out of control and ultimately prevented him from deploying his parachute, the Inquisitr reported.

Shane McConkey will also be remembered as a visionary in the sport of skiing.  He started as a competitive freestyle skier,and won several national and international skiing competitions, including the X Games and World Extreme Skiing Championships. McConkey became best known for combining base jumping with skiing and extreme skiing movies.

Shane is survived by his wife, Sherry, and their 3½-year-old daughter Ayla.key.”


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