CORVARA, Italy — Vancouver-born extreme skier Shane McConkey was killed jumping off a cliff with a parachute while filming a movie in Italy this week. He was 39.
His sponsor Red Bull confirmed his death Thursday.
McConkey was in Corvara on a ski-BASE jump when he had a mid-air malfunction, Red Bull said in a statement.
Italian emergency responders arrived within minutes and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the sponsor.
“Shane loved life and innovated both sport worlds he touched, skiing and B.A.S.E. Jumping,” Red Bull spokesman Patrice Radden said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the sport he pioneered also carries inherent risks.”