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MTV ‘Buckwild’ star Shain Gandee dies

Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show “Buckwild,” and two other people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the sheriff’s office in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

The deaths were labeled as accidental, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy report.

Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said.

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Fans of MTV’s West Virginia-based reality show “Buckwild” are rallying to save it in light of MTV’s announcement that it’s ceasing production on the reality series after cast member Shain Gandee’s death.

“After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of ‘Buckwild’ in West Virginia. We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain’s tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.”

TMZ cited sources connected to the program on Tuesday who hinted that the announcement was coming. MTV reportedly filmed four episodes of the second season, which it picked up earlier this year, but TMZ reports those installments won’t make it to air.

The network said that it plans to air a special, “Buckwild: WV to the NYC,” on Sunday. MTV notes the special has the support of Gandee’s parents, Dale and Loretta, and was filmed before production began on the show’s second season. Beforehand, MTV will air the first season of “Buckwild” in tribute to Gandee.

The 21-year-old was a favorite among viewers, who took to his Southern charm and loyalty to his roots. Gandee was found dead along with two others in a vehicle on April 1. The sheriff’s office in Kanawha County, West Virginia, later confirmed that the trio died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and their deaths were labeled accidental.

On Wednesday, as viewers caught wind of the reported cancellation, some took to Twitter to urge MTV to keep the show.

“Buckwild can NOT be cancelled. Shain would want them to carry on,” an apparent Gandee fan tweeted to MTV’s account on the network, along with the hashtag, #MTVDontStopBuckwild.” Added another, “Why would they cancel #buckwild do it for Shain god.”

“Wait.. @mtv is canceling #buckwild?” said another observer. “So sad when real reality hits the show gets cancelled.”

Cast member Ashley Whitt joined in, tweeting with the hashtag, #KeepBuckwildForShain. “Yea people #buckwild is actually canceled & Shain would be f****** pissed. Tweet @MTV & tell them to keep it going.”

“Buckwild’s” Cara Parrish agreed, adding, “I think @MTV should show reality. Losing Shain broke all our hearts. I want to #KeepBuckwildForShain keep teaching how to #LiveLikeGandee.”
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Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show “Buckwild,” and two other people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff’s office in Kanawha County, West Virginia, said Tuesday.

The deaths, discovered Monday, were labeled as accidental, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy report.

Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said.

“This is a very sad and tragic event,” Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said Monday. “We live in a very small community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gandee family.”

On Monday, the sheriff’s office said they had “received word of a disabled vehicle in a wooded area” near Sissonville, that deputies and Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department personnel used all-terrain vehicles to reach the 1984 Ford Bronco belonging to the Gandee family.

“Inside were the bodies of three people,” the sheriff’s office statement said.

Later, the sheriff’s office said the vehicle was partially submerged in mud. It was uneven but upright; its muffler was below the surface. Mud covered the lower part of the Bronco’s passenger side door, but the driver’s side, where the younger Gandee sat, was free.

Shain Gandee was one of the nine cast members of “Buckwild.” The show follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, pulling stunts such as turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the woods on their ATVs. Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had done “every job from coal mining to being a garbage man.”

MTV released a statement about Gandee: “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.”

Some of Gandee’s fellow cast members took to social media to express their feelings.

“RIP Shain Gandee,” Ashley Whitt tweeted. “You were the most amazing person I’ve ever known. I know you will be watching over …”

“This is the emptiest I’ve ever felt,” Cara Parrish tweeted. “Please pray for Dale and Loretta [Gandee's parents].”

“Buckwild” has been compared to MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore,” and on Monday, one of that show’s stars, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, tweeted, “That’s awful that shain passed… He was just a baby. Rip. #Buckwild.”
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Shain Gandee appeared on the first season of MTV’s “Buckwild.” Photo courtesy of MTV via CNN.

Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show “Buckwild,” has been found dead along with two other people in Kanawha County, West Virginia, authorities said Monday.

“This is a very sad and tragic event,” Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said. “We live in a very small community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gandee family.”

Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said.

“Earlier this day after releasing information Shain Gandee was missing, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office received word of a disabled vehicle in a wooded area near Thaxton Hollow, Sissonville, Kanawha County WV,” said a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “Deputies and members of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department used all terrain vehicles to access that vehicle, a 1984 Ford Bronco belonging to the Gandee family. The vehicle was in a muddy area along a worn path. Inside were the bodies of three people.”

In a subsequent release, the Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle was partially submerged in mud. It was uneven but upright; its muffler was below the surface.

Mud covered the lower part of the Bronco’s passenger side door, but the driver’s side, where the younger Gandee sat, was free, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was one of the nine cast members of “Buckwild.”

The show follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, West Virginia, pulling stunts such as turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the woods on their all-terrain vehicles. Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had done “every job from coal mining to being a garbage man.”

MTV released a statement about Gandee: “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.”

Some of Gandee’s castmates took to social media to express their feelings.

“RIP Shain Gandee,” cast member Ashley Whitt tweeted. “You were the most amazing person I’ve ever known. I know you will be watching over …”

“This is the emptiest I’ve ever felt,” Cara Parrish tweeted. “Please pray for Dale and Loretta [Gandee's parents].”

“Buckwild” has been compared to MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore,” and on Monday, one of that show’s stars, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, tweeted, “That’s awful that shain passed… He was just a baby. Rip. #Buckwild.”

Officials said there were no signs of foul play. The causes of death are still under investigation.
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