MTV reality star found dead
Shain Gandee, star of the MTV reality series Buckwild has been found dead in a car, along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person.PT0M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2h4gn 620 349 April 2, 2013
Authorities in West Virginia say a star of the MTV reality show Buckwild and two passengers all died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The bodies of Buckwild star Shain Gandee, along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person, was found in a sport utility vehicle in a ditch on Monday, authorities said.
Gandee's 1984 Ford Bronco was stuck in a mud hole, its tail pipe submerged. It’s possible the gas could have filled the cabin because of the clogged exhaust pipe.
Buckwild star Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead in a ditch near his home after a suspected car accident. Photo: Facebook
Sheriffs say autopsies completed on Tuesday confirmed the three men died from the gas. Their deaths have been ruled accidental.
The victims’ bodies have been released to funeral homes, but no arrangements have yet been announced.
Filming of the show, known as “The Jersey Shore Of Appalachia”, has been supended.
A scene from the MTV show Buckwild. Photo: Facebook
Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Corporal BD Humphreys said 21-year-old Shain Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee, and the third person were found in a remote area near Sissonville, about 24km outside of Charleston.
Authorities had been searching for the men since early Sunday morning. They were last seen around 3am Sunday (US time) at a bar in Sissonville and they told people they were going driving off-road.
Shain, nicknamed "Gandee Candy" by fans, was a breakout star of the show that followed the antics of a group of young friends enjoying a wild country lifestyle. It was filmed last year, mostly around Sissonville and Charleston.
MTV issued a statement saying it was shocked and saddened to learn of its star's death.
"We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends," the network said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."
Humphreys said state police were getting ready to send out an aviation unit to search for the men when authorities got a call on Monday morning that a vehicle was found wrecked in a muddy area a few kilometres from Gandee's home in Sissonville.
Authorities found the 1984 Ford Bronco that belonged to the Gandee family in a ditch with all three men inside. Humphreys did not provide details on the condition of the vehicle or the bodies. He said no foul play was suspected.
The terrain in the Thaxton Hollow area was "very muddy, very rough", Humphreys said, adding that authorities had to use all-terrain vehicles to get to the site.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said the news was devastating for the small community near Charleston.
"It's a very sad day for the Sissonville area and for these families," he said. "This is a small community, and most of us know directly members of these families. We're keeping them in our hearts and prayers."
Shooting for the second season of Buckwild had begun, but MTV spokesman Jake Urbanski said on Monday afternoon it has been suspended. He had no further details about whether any episodes featuring Gandee will eventually go to air.
The controversial reality show debuted in the US to an audience of 2.49 million last year, which was one million more viewers than Jersey Shore's premiere in 2009, according to Deadline.com
AP, with Aja Styles