Lakeland Skydiver Dies

A 68-year-old skydiver apparently suffered a heart attack or stroke during a weekend jump in Zephyrhills, according to a report by FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News.

Authorities said Johnny Gates of Lakeland made no effort to deploy his primary parachute as he fell to the ground Saturday. — Florida Today

Normally I don’t post breaking news — that’s The Ledger’s job — but I used to be a skydiver. There may be safer sports, but there is no feeling like flying softly to the ground at sunset.

We send our condolences to Mr. Gates’ family.

update: The Ledger report