Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in homemade rocket launch filmed for TV
Daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes died Saturday when a homemade rocket he was attached to launched but quickly dove to earth in the California desert.
The stunt was apparently part of a forthcoming television show, “Homemade Astronauts,” that was scheduled to debut later this year on Discovery Inc.’s Science Channel.
Discovery confirmed the 64-year-old’s death in a statement.
“It was always his dream to do this launch, and Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey,” the company said.
The mishap was reported at 1:52 p.m. on private property in the Barstow area, San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said by email.