Vancouver-born extreme skier Shane McConkey has been killed while jumping off a cliff with a parachute while filming a movie in Italy, according to news reports.
The film company Matchstick Productions confirmed his death on Thursday, Scott Gaffney, a longtime friend of his in Tahoe City, says the 39-year-old McConkey was an "icon and a legend" in their sport. He's survived by his wife, Sherry, and 3-year-old daughter, Ayla.
McConkey is known for combining base jumping with skiing, as seen in such feats as skiing into a BASE jump off the Eiger.
McConkey also won several national and international skiing competitions, including the X Games and World Extreme Skiing Championships.
The video below shows McConkey demonstrating his sport by leaping off the Whistler Peak2Peak gondola.