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Jackass star Ryan Dunn dies in car crash

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The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass.

Reality TV daredevil and Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident in the early hours of this morning.

The 34-year-old died in a one car collision near his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania at around 2.30am following a night out with friends.

Upon arrival to the scene, police found a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 ‘off the road and in the woods that was fully engulfed in flames.’

Dunn was the registered owner of the vehicle and its driver, according to police.

His body was so badly burnt that he had to be identified by his tattoos, according to NBC Philadelphia.

A male passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene ‘a result of injuries sustained in the accident.’

Police are awaiting positive identification before releasing the passenger’s identity.

An official report states that ‘preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.’

Just hours before the accident, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself with two male friends, all of whom were holding what appeared to be alcoholic beverages.

Sources tell America’s TMZ that Dunn drank ‘at least’ three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby’s of America bar before the accident.

A photograph taken on the scene shows a tow truck removing the charred wreckage car from the side of the road.

Tire marks at the scene show where the Porsche careened off the highway, through a metal guardrail and into the woods.

‘We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade,’ President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group Van Toffler said in a statement.

‘He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend,’ the statement continued.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.’

Dunn rose to fame as part of the stunt crew for the MTV show Jackass, which ran from 2000 to 2002.

He then featured in Bam Margera’s Viva La Bam from 2003 to 2006 as well as all three of the Jackass movies.

It was actually Margera’s mother, April, who first confirmed Dunn’s death by calling into Preston and Steve’s radio show on WMMR 93.3.

She described him as being like a son to her and said he even called her on Mother’s Day.

A tearful April said: ‘We just found out a few hours ago – it is the worst possible news.

‘I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona but I cannot believe that his friend is dead – I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn had died.

‘Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy – he was like my extra son, everybody loved him.

‘He had a longterm girlfriend and she will be absolutely devastated – she has turned off her phone just now.

‘It’s just so sad we cannot believe Ryan has gone – I’m too upset to say anything else just now.’

His Jackass co-star and friend Steve O was too distraught to speak when approached by RadarOnline.com for comment.

Dunn’s name began trending on Twitter soon after the news of the crash broke, with fans and celebrities quickly expressing their condolences.

‘I’m very Sad and Shocked to hear about Ryan Dunn,’ friend and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden Tweeted. ‘My thoughts&Prayers are with his Family.’

Reality TV star Brody Jenner wrote:’Just heard about Ryan Dunn… So sad.. #RIPRYANDUNN.’

Dunn was famously involved in a golf cart accident during the filming of the first Jackass movie during which Johnny Knoxville was injured.

He was driving the golf cart with Knoxville as a passenger when he tried to launch the vehicle over a sand bunker.

Knoxville was thrown from the cart which then landed on top of him, knocking him out.

He also had a one-season run with a show of his own Homewrecker, which saw him help practical jokes victims get revenge.

Dunn also appeared in the Jessica Simpson film Blonde Ambition and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.

Most recently, he hosted Proving Ground on the G4 cable network.


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