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'Buckwild' Star

Carbon Monoxide

Possible Cause of Death

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

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.

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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Politico Pablo    

A tragedy indeed. But WTF was he doing running up an isolated muddy hill at 3:00 AM ??

517 days ago


That's incredibly sad and tragic. I've been 4 wheeling in mud too, and to be honest, I never thought about the risk that mud could get into the exhaust, or be that deep.

I've seen the show once, but you can tell from the clip Shain probably lived life to the fullest, as if every day could be his last. My condolences go out to the victims, their family, friends, fans, and the crew and people at MTV.

517 days ago


Has society become so desensitized that people feel nothing for their fellow human beings? Who are we to judge others at the time of their death? Is every person here above their peers? Stop and think for a minute, please. These people didn't cause any of you harm.

517 days ago


Carbon monoxide poisoning is not something I would have ever considered as a possibility when I first heard about this. At least they just fell asleep and didnt suffer.

517 days ago


Hell of a nice vehicle. He must of been bringing in some bucks off that show.

517 days ago


I hate MTV and i hate reality shows but it sucks he died so young.

517 days ago

Az Heat    

That's sad I have never seen the show but I really wish it was the whole group from that fake a$$ Lizard Lick towing show! Wrestling is more real than that idiotic show and just another reality show that makes us Americans look stupid!!!

517 days ago


Sad to hear about this tragedy. Rip gandee candy. You made that show. He was a young kid having fun. Genuine kid that anyone could be friends with. He wasn't into drugs which is more than we can say about most of Hollywood. Prayers to you and yours

517 days ago

Nicole Elizabeth    

I love you Shain 3

517 days ago


Some of you ppl are sick.He is someone's family and friend. And its sick the 1st thing you have to say is a ignorant comment when you hear someone has passed on.May god Bless Your soul.R.I.P Shain Prayers to your friends and family

517 days ago


First of all RIP Shain he was such an awesome person and was so funny and sweet! May he rest in peace.... Second off some people on here are so damn rude and disrespectful! People who are leaving dumbass comments and rude remarks should just stay off of here? What if that was your family member or a close friend? Would you still be calling them stupid and being disrespectful.... grow up!

517 days ago

There's a problem here    

At least he'll get another crack at reality TV when this stellar bit of stupidity is a story on "One Thousand Ways To Die." EEEEE HA!!

517 days ago

Los Pepes    

Wrong Turn 6

517 days ago

Ms. Everlast    


517 days ago


Alcohol vs Common Sense
this time Alcohol won.

Sad but stupid

517 days ago
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