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'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee

Dead at 21

4/1/2013 11:45 AM PDT UPDATED: 4/1/2013 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:00 PM PT -- Sources close to the death investigation say it's likely Shain died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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"Buckwild" Star Shain Gandee was found dead in a vehicle in West Virginia this morning ... 31 hours after the 21-year-old MTV reality star had been reported missing, this according to law enforcement.

According to officials, Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified body were discovered dead in the vehicle in Sissonville, West Virginia. There was no sign of foul play.

As we previously reported ... Shain was last heard from around 3 AM on Sunday morning, when he and his uncle David told people they planned to go 4-wheeling.

MTV has released a statement, saying, "We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends."

MTV adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."

The rep says production of "Buckwild" has since been suspended.

Story developing ...

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16.

PRMETFAN    

April fools? since he is still tweeting?

478 days ago
17.

Melanie    

MTV sold their souls to the devil ALONG time ago!!!!!

478 days ago
18.

Notryann    

He tweeted 3 hours ago?? Wtf??

478 days ago
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Jillybean2    

WOW, this is very sad. My husband and I watched this show and we really liked Shain. He was a very nice person. This is truly very sad to hear.

478 days ago
20.

TLM    

Yes...uncle is dead

478 days ago
21.

Melanie    

MTV sold their soul to the devil ALONG time ago!

478 days ago
22.

Krissy    

Wow. How incredibly sad. So young and had the rest of his life ahead of him. RIP

478 days ago
23.

Robin    

This better not be an April Fool's Day joke! That would be just sick! If it is true....so sad :( too young and seemed like a nice guy.

478 days ago
24.

Decker    

last seen leaving a bar at 3am to go '4 wheeling'.....what could go wrong?
Don't drink and drive kids.

478 days ago
25.

whatsup    

Someone must have tweeted his messages for him. He's been sending out messages after having gone missing.

478 days ago
26.

nologinyo    

3 people? That's weird

478 days ago
27.

whatsup    

No April Fools. I live in Charleston and this is being reported by the local law enforcement teams. Sad. Looks like someone was using his Twitter account though. I am sure that will be investigated.

478 days ago
28.

Amber    

To anyone that thinks this is an April Fool's Joke: It's NOT. The county commissioner officially announced Shain's death and local news stations are reporting on it. No local stations would risk reporting on a "joke" and risk their reputations, that is too unprofessional. It's bad timing seeing that it is April 1st, but again this is true.

Proof: http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/130401_15039.shtml

478 days ago
29.

MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE    

Oh wow!!!! RIP Shain............way too soon. Bless his family and friends xoxoxo

478 days ago
30.

erikistired    

and yet someone is still posting on his twitter account. including an april fools joke about buckwild being canceled. someone should probably let mtv know they can stop now...

478 days ago
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