We’re saddened to report that Gerry “SkateMaster Tate” Hurtado passed away this morning at 4:15 a.m. with his friends and family by his side. As previously reported, Gerry was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer a couple of weeks ago, and has succumbed to the condition. SkateMaster Tate was the host of SK8 TV during the early ‘90s. The show was the first time that skateboarding had a dedicated show on a major network, and was highly influential to a generation of skaters including Chris Cole—who attributes a VHS copy of the show as being the first skate video that he ever owned.
– Leland Ware