Shain Gandee, star of MTV’s reality show Buckwild, has died at the age of 21. Find out more on the tragic and mysterious events here…
Update from TMZ:
2:38 PM PT — TMZ has learned … the bodies of all 3 victims have been recovered from the scene and have been transferred to the local medical examiner’s office where autopsies will be performed.
2:29 PM PT — Officials have retrieved Shain’s red Ford Bronco from the muddy pit where it was discovered … and judging by pictures of the car taken at the scene, it appears the vehicle was submerged past the window. The photos seem to support the theory that the passengers died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the deadly fumes from the car could not escape through the tailpipe, which was completely submerged in the mud.
There is evidence that “Buckwild” star Shain Gandee may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning … sources close to the death investigation tell TMZ. A rep for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia tells us, the bodies of Shain, his uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified person are still inside the truck where they were originally found. Authorities have been unable to remove the bodies from the scene because of the truck’s location. According to the rep, Shain’s 1984 Bronco is stuck knee-deep in mud in the middle of nowhere … and the only way to reach it is via an all-terrain vehicle.We’re told there is no cell reception in the area, which is why Shain and the others couldn’t be reached.
We’re also told the bodies were originally discovered today by a passing ATV rider. Police wouldn’t confirm or deny whether carbon monoxide poisoning played a role in the deaths — but sources connected with the investigation say it’s the likely scenario, especially if the exhaust pipe was submerged in mud.
The reality star was found dead in a vehicle in Sissonville, West Virginia on Monday, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to MTV News. The tragic news comes 31 hours after Gandee was reported missing.
Gandee was discovered along with two other bodies, also in the vehicle. One of the deceased was Gandee’s 48-year-old uncle David. The cause of death is not yet known, although no foul play is suspected.
Shain and David were last heard from at around 3am on Sunday morning, when the pair reportedly decided to go four-wheeling. Prior to that Shain and David had been in a Sissonville bar, but did not tell anyone they spoke to where they planned to go next.
In a statement, a spokesperson for MTV said:
‘We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. 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.’
The show made its MTV debut on January 3 and it was announced one month later that Buckwild had been renewed for a second season. The reality show, in which Shane is nicknamed Gandee Candy, has been dubbed the ‘Redneck Jersey Shore.’