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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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46.

Frankenpussy    

UPDATE - Commissioner Says "Buckwild" Cast Member Shain Gandee Found Dead

Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Apr. 1, 2013 11:08 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2013 12:43 PM EDT

Sissonville , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Three people were found dead Monday in the Sissonville area in a vehicle, including "Buckwild" cast member Shain Gandee, Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said.

Family members and emergency personnel at the scene also said Shain Gandee was found in the vehicle dead along with his uncle, David. The two men had been reported missing for about 31 hours. The name of the other person who was found in the vehicle was unavailable.

482 days ago
47.

Frankenpussy    

TMZ ... IT IS NOT UNCLEAR IF DAVID WAS IN THE TRUCK .. HE WAS.

482 days ago
48.

ama    

Is this an april fools joke?

482 days ago
49.

CousinEddy    

Truly saddened by this one. This kid had a heart of gold and was always there for his friends. Condolences to his parents, family, and friends. Long live Gandee Candy!

482 days ago
50.

Ss    

I call April fools.

482 days ago
51.

Ericamarie23    

The body of David Gandee was also identified in the car.... third name will not be released.

http://www.wboy.com/story/21844232/buckwild-star-reported-missing-by-family-and-friends-in-kanawha-county

482 days ago
52.

jay26mc    

Well Gal dang! That's why you don't go 4-wheelin drunk at 3 in the morning. Buckwild!

482 days ago
53.

sabrina    

RIP 2 them all :'(

482 days ago
54.

cindyluhoo921    

So sad!! Also for the people saying he was tweeting... Again doesn't have a Twitter account all of the other Buckwild cast members made that very clear. so the account that he was "tweeting" from is obviously fake. But this is truly a sad day my condolences go out to his family and friends. He seemed like a pretty awesome guy. R.I.P.. Shain

482 days ago
55.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Don't worry, MTV will find another loser in their cesspool of idiots to fill his reality TV place. :)

482 days ago
56.

cindyluhoo921    

Shain*

482 days ago
57.

Ericamarie23    

David Gandee was identified in Shain's truck as well... there was a third person but they aren't releasing the name.
And this isn't a joke, it's very real. A co-worker of mine is his cousin, he went home to Sissonville last night (we live in Morgantown WV) to search. They got the call literally an hour and a half ago that the bodies were found in Shain's car...

482 days ago
58.

Lauren    

That is so sad! He appeared to be someone who enjoyed life even within in small community. Star of the show if you ask me.

482 days ago
59.

bukibby    

So sad! He was the star of the show!

482 days ago
60.

Alia    

STAR? maybe its time for MTV to stop exploiting people for their own financial gain...

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