My Late Brother was Erik Gates of Mythbusters/Gates Brothers Rocketry Fame

OutHouse

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that sucks. thanks for sharing his work with us and who he was.

BTY Dirk is the coolest name ever.
 

Amused

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From here: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.a...7969079&grpId=3659174697259616&nav=Groupspace



I'm guessing "well, duh, you think?"

Terrible tragedy, and I'm sorry for your loss.

While Dirk feels horrible about what happened, the safety of his business was never in question. Erik was working on the roof when he fell through a skylight. Know one knows how or why he fell, if he tripped or what, but it's a typical large skylight on an office building. Erik owns an electrical contracting business and was doing work for Dirk at the time. Erik's son was on the site when it happened and spoke to his father after the fall. Erik was alive and talking for quite a while after the fall.

His son and two daughters are aged 19, 20 and 22.
 

D1gger

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No, Dirk is still alive. Why do you ask? I lost Erik last week. I know this is a second thread but no one knew who my bro was.

The official mythbusters Twitter account sent out two tweets honoring their lost rocket experts:
"Team MB wishes to express our deepest sympathies on the passing of our beloved rocket expert, Erik."
"You were an honorary MythBuster and will be sorely missed."
In other sad news, Erik's brother, Dirk gates, was recently killed.


From this link.
 

TehMac

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Hey Amused, sorry about your loss. I'm in SD, it's a cool place, hope you enjoy it. Go to the beach! Sometimes it can be so nice to walk amongst the waves--especially in the evening
 

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Amused

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Hey Amused, sorry about your loss. I'm in SD, it's a cool place, hope you enjoy it. Go to the beach! Sometimes it can be so nice to walk amongst the waves--especially in the evening

Not today. It's kinda misty and chilly out. Will be warm later this week, though.
 

bctbct

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Sorry for your loss. I have never understood why handrails are not required around skylights because people falling through them is not a rare occurence.
 

TehMac

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Lets hope so. It is a bit faggy out right now, but hopefully it'll clear up. Are you planning on going to the auto show?
 

Amused

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Lets hope so. It is a bit faggy out right now, but hopefully it'll clear up. Are you planning on going to the auto show?

Faggy?

Nope, no shows. Still trying to get situated in my new home.
 

MrMatt

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I remember your recent post about your brother, didn't realize they were the same person. I'm sorry for your loss