Skydiver who died in Middletown accident named

47-year-old skydiver dies during jump in Middletown (Photo Provided)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WLWT) — The man who died in a skydiving accident Sunday has been named by the Butler County coroner.

Jeffrey Rives, 47, of Mason, died Sunday after a jump, police said.

Start Skydiving owner John Hart said the 47-year-old man from Mason deployed his parachute below the recommended safe altitude of 3,500 feet.

Officials said the Federal Aviation Administration will handle the investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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