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'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee

Family Needs Cash to

Cover Funeral Expenses

4/2/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Shain Gandee did not get rich during his brief stint as an MTV reality star -- far from it -- so his family is turning to his community to help pay for funeral expenses ... TMZ has learned.

Shain's cousin, Ashley Gandee, is organizing a memorial "mud run" (an off-road trucking event) to ease the financial strain on Shain's family in the wake of the "Buckwild" star's death.

"I know the strain they are going through," Ashley tells us ... adding, "It's hard to provide a proper burial. It's already tough with the loss of family members ... expenses are tough as well."

FYI -- Ashley was with Shain at the opening of her shop Gandee's General Store in Crown City, Ohio on Saturday ... two days before he was found dead.

Ashley tells us the "mud run" event will take place Wednesday night in Proctorville, Ohio -- a town about 50 miles from Charleston, West Virginia where "Buckwild" is filmed.

We're told there will be a $10 charge for each vehicle -- Ashley's store will also be taking donations.

It's unclear how much dough Shain made during his career on the MTV show -- but as we learned from the "Jersey Shore" situation, the stars don't usually see a big pay day until AFTER the show becomes a hit. It's safe to say Shain was probably making a couple thousand dollars at best.

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As we previously reported ... Shain was found dead in his Ford Bronco Monday in West Virginia -- along with his uncle and a male friend -- after the vehicle was submerged in mud. Carbon Monoxide poisoning may have been the cause.

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IwuvTMZ    

I wish them well.

571 days ago
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TheEric    

He's a drain on society in life and a drain on society in death. Good riddance, you dirt 'stached POS.

571 days ago
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I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

Hey TMZ since you posted this CANT HARVEY HELP PAY FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES?! STOP MAKING A MOCKERY OUTTA THIS POOR GUY!

571 days ago
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Areader    

My prayers go out to Shain's family and friends.


God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

571 days ago
5.

Mario    

A memorial "mud run" seems appropriate seeing as mud played such an important role in his demise.

That's like somebody being shot to death and then having a memorial gun show in their memory.

571 days ago
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LK    

HOPE MTV STEPS UP & COVERS THE COST OF IT .

571 days ago
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Amy    

Leeches on society. In life and death.

571 days ago
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OH NO!    

They can sell that Bronco for $1500.....

571 days ago
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verlinda    

For the life of me, don't understand why people don't buy life insurance. I pay $ 20.00 a month for $55,000, and my Son is 30. Never want anyone begging to bury. The money spent at the bar could have paid for a year. Sorry if this seems cold.

571 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

In two weeks no one will remember or care about this guy. Why??? TMZ will pack on all the obligatory blitzes about Lins, Beebs, Kim and Kanye, Chris and Rihanna, etc. This poor dude is just page filler between the real stories.

571 days ago
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Tracy6769    

Maybe his home town will pay for the family

571 days ago
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Tracy6769    

I will pray for the family

571 days ago
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330hio    

Mtv can't cover the expenses?

571 days ago
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Geobh    

Why Dont MTV step up and pay??

571 days ago
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Wildling    

You've got to be kidding me. This douche bag get's drunk at a bar and kills himself and they expect the community to pay for it??

571 days ago
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