TV Voice Killed in Rosharon Skydiving Accident


Houston voiceover artist Randy Schell -- heard by millions as the voice of promos for TV's "The Walking Dead" and commercials for McDonald's, GEICO and Coca-Cola -- was killed in a skydiving accident Saturday in Rosharon.

He died after colliding in midair with another skydiver as part of a group jump, causing both to fall to the ground. 

The other skydiver has non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident took place at Skydive Spaceland. The company told the Houston Chronicle that the two people, describe as experienced skydivers, crash in midair after parachuting.

Schell was the voice of commercials for the AMC show "Fear the Walking Dead" and did voice work for Nike and 20th Century Fox and other brands. He also was a longtime producer and engineer.

He had successfully skydived earlier in the day Saturday. During the group jump, however, Schell's parachute collapsed upon the collision, the skydive center said.

"Both jumpers had made at least one successful skydive earlier that day, had hundreds or thousands of skydives each, and were jumping their own parachute systems," the company said in a statement.  

The U.S. Parachute Association statistics show there were 21 skydiving deaths last year out of 3.2 million jumps nationwide. 

PHOTO: Randy Schell's Twitter account, 2014.


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