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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.

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.

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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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166.

Bigtin    

Seem all the stars die in those parts Ryan in his Porsche And now shain in his bronco are sure MTV not killing people

518 days ago
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Mad-N    

Truly sad I know my girl friend said he was her favourite, him and his gandee candy I laughed so hard. Rest in peace. Tony192 what is wrong with you? If they could do anything, they would've gotten out of the car. Such a slow moe you are

518 days ago
168.

laura    

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning was my first thought also, but, from the looking at the Bronco it loks as if the back window is busted out? WTF? How is that possible? Wouldn;t the gas have escaped? Only logical explaination for that would be that it was busted after they were found? Regaurdless, it is very sad & goes to show you that no-matter how young you are, or how great your life is going, when it's your time, it's your time. Prayers to the Gandee family & the entire Buckwild Cast.. RIP Shain.

518 days ago
169.

jina    

Wow they have death pics at http:// theknoww.blogspot. com/ ... who even takes pics like these

518 days ago
170.

NCfan    

I am a little confused IF you look at the pictures you can clearly see that there is no window in the back of the bronco which would have allowed plenty of air in. I am thinking there is more to this store than is being told. Besides these are guys who are use to mudding.. If you get stuck you don't sit and wait for help you get out and start digging or walking..

518 days ago
171.

junior    

R.I.P i'll always know you and miss you on the show!

518 days ago
172.

Ceaze909    

If a pig can go thru mud my dick can go thru blood

518 days ago
173.

lol    

Idiot rednecks.

518 days ago
174.

Code_E    

"...and judging by pictures of the car taken at the scene, it appears the vehicle was submerged past the window."

Since you appear to be deficient in the forensic sciences, let me help. See the middle of the door, how it's white halfway down and muddy above? That line marks where the water level was, it was clearly a much more fluid mud pit, not solid mud. This also explains how the truck could keep running if the tailpipe was submerged, in thick mud it would simply choke out the vehicle causing it to stop running well before they would have suffered any ill effects, but because it was watery mud, this allowed some exhaust to bubble through but had just enough back pressure to fill the cabin with carbon monoxide. They could have lowered the windows if they wanted, but maybe to stay warm they did not as the temperatures in the region on that night was approximately in the low 30s F which explains why the windows were up and the truck running, to keep them warm. I'd bet the heater was found in the on position to back this up.

Case closed.

518 days ago
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