Two skydivers -- one of whom appeared as a "flying Elvis" alongside Nicholas Cage in the film Honeymoon in Vegas -- died yesterday when their parachute failed to open during a jump near the Arizona/Nevada border.
The two skydivers have been identified by the Clark County coroner's office as 60-year-old Jim Fonnesbeck of Weston, Idaho, a skydiving instructor at Skydive Mesquite, and his 75-year-old student Claudette Porter of North Las Vegas.
According to authorities in Mesquite, Nevada, Fonnesbeck and Porter were doing a tandem jump yesterday when their main parachute failed to open.
Fonnesbeck, police say, deployed a secondary chute, but it only partially opened before the pair hit the ground on a runway at the Mesquite Airport.
Fonnesbeck was killed on impact. Porter died later at a hospital.
In addition to his appearance in Honeymoon in Vegas, Fonnesbeck has completed more than 11,000 jumps, a Utah TV station reports.
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Fonnesbeck, who is listed as "retired!" on his Facebook page, leaves behind his wife, Jean.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the deaths.
See Fonnesbeck and the "Flying Elvises" below.