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'Buckwild' Star

Carbon Monoxide

Possible Cause of Death

4/1/2013 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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-- 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.

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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.

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136.

Wv man     

Lives are lost everyday, no matter who they were, where there from, or what they done with their life. It's always someone's son, daughter, mother, or father. Just remember the bad things you say, you'll have someone in your family die too. I know for a fact if someone close to you died you wouldn't stand for the dumb **** that your sayin about Shane. Good person or not, he had a family just like you. I'm sure he was loved by many. So don't be a waste of life yourself by talkin **** about him. Be respectful, or keep your dumbass thought to yourself

384 days ago
137.

dreamon    

You can make all the redneck jokes you want. Fact is it could have happened to any of us. R.I.P

384 days ago
138.

tucker    

It sounds like a horrible way to go. I hope that wasn't the case. May they all rest in peace.

384 days ago
139.

Buckwild123    

Miss shain

384 days ago
140.

Mrugowsky    

Darwinism in action.

384 days ago
141.

cody85    

This sucks but the people talking all this **** just remember karma is a bitch!!!!

384 days ago
142.

Brian    


If you die in a crappy SUV trying to drive it through a mud hole, you might be a redneck.

384 days ago
143.

lynnmc    

He was a sweet, young kid. Anyone that has anything negative to say is an inexperienced person.

384 days ago
144.

Janet    

Has anyone heard about the US soldier who lost his life today to n Afghan teenger who stabbed him in the neck.., and this guy is all over the newsfeed...Really?!?

384 days ago
145.

LK    

RIP

384 days ago
146.

Diamond Goddess!    

I was taking a bath once in a friend's small bathroom with candles lit.
I started to feel faint and jumped out of the tub, put a towel around me, and ran out the bathroom door.
My friend said, 'Oh, the candles were eating up the oxygen in the room.!
This phenomenon is no joke.
But it'd be a really peaceful way to die--you literally fall asleep.
Ugh!
R.I.P. to the 3.

384 days ago
147.

Hobie    

Submerged up to the windows? In order for deadly carbon monoxide to fill the cab air needs to be able to get into the air intake....it's kinda a requirement.

384 days ago
148.

Decker    

Whatever the details the real reason they died is from Drink Driving. Classic small town death by misadventure.

384 days ago
149.

Anthony    

Wouldn't turning the car off stop the carbon monoxide?

384 days ago
150.

Julie    

Natural selection. Separating the wheat from the chaff since forever.

384 days ago
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