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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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31.

bright eyez    

Redneck or not. Its always sad when someones life ends so quickly. R.i.p

538 days ago
32.

twtpark    

Some say it's an April Fool Joke.

538 days ago
33.

twtpark    

Some say it's an April Fool joke.

538 days ago
34.

Jenn    

"Hey ya'll watch this"-- Redneck's famous last words.

538 days ago
35.

Fox    

So is there going to be another season or what?

538 days ago
36.

LeeLoo    

That's terrible but it it's a risk all ATV riders face.

538 days ago
37.

Sherms    

I can't quite understand why they didn't just get out of the truck?? I guess no one will ever know. Such a sad story though...very saddening.

538 days ago
38.

Spartans11    

Such a tragedy! He seemed like a very nice young man. God bless his family during this difficult time.

538 days ago
39.

Wvtlc    

No joke. They left a bar went muddin got stuck in knee deep mud . It was cold so it looks as if they left the bronco running. and news pics show a dozer pulling the bronco. Please be kind to their families. They were 3 young men that have families suffering now.

538 days ago
40.

Jen    

Don't feel sorry for them. They were driving around in the woods while DRUNK at 3am. They were so drunk, they couldn't even figure out to turn the car off or open a window. They could have killed an innocent person on the road. They are MORONS.

538 days ago
41.

elm    

Redneck Royalty. This reminds me of when Princess Diana died so untimely.

538 days ago
42.

SAYITWITURCHEST    

The hate that he and rednecks are receiving would make you think this is a article about a black person. Just shows you how ignorant people are to everyone

538 days ago
43.

AllMe    

r.I.p. God bless. sad

538 days ago
44.

elm    

You'd think, between these three brain surgeons, someone might have had the bright idea, "hey, open a window!"

538 days ago
45.

LB    

It's KNEW it.

538 days ago
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