64-year-old daredevil “MAD MIKE” HUGHES died on Saturday when his homemade rocket crashed outside Barstow, California.

He’d been building steam-powered rockets for a while and was in the news because he claimed he wanted to prove the Earth was flat.  But now at least one of his people says it was just to get press, and he wasn’t really a flat-Earther.

A crew from the Science Channel was there filming it for a show called “Homemade Astronauts”.  It looks like there was a major malfunction with his parachute and back-up chutes.  So the rocket came straight back down and crashed into the desert.

(Warning:  Video below shows the last moments of Mike’s life.)