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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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Tracy6769    

CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO ADD MY PIC ON HERE ? THANK YOU

570 days ago
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niles    

Never seen the show, but he looks like a nice kid. What a shame his life ended so very soon.

570 days ago
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vegas    

I am furious, I can't reply to anyone! I don't even know if what I am.writing.now will be displayed!

570 days ago
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vegas    

I cannot reply to any POSTSand I so not know why! Help!

570 days ago
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Josh2013    

I hope they can raise the 50 to 100 dollars they need for a proper burial.

570 days ago
21.

Just_Me    

Typical rednecks. Bubba musta spent all the money on moonshine.

570 days ago
22.

eazymoney    

You guys are all heartless and your all going to hell!!! He is a human being and someone's son ... He never talked sh*t on you and your evil enough to talk sh*t on a poor kid that just passed... I feel sorry for all of you because you are all ugly people... Prays for his family

570 days ago
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Swedeslvr    

What a shame. RIP Shain. You were hilarious on your show.

570 days ago
24.

Cricket    

MTV could chip in. It's not like their $$ is spent on music videos anymore.

570 days ago
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Prince Von A-Hole    

TMZ will exploit him for weeks now. Maybe it would be a good gesture for them to pony up a few bucks.

570 days ago
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beeeeppppp    

how can peole be so cold? no matter how someone is or how a family is losig a child is hard. but then again all yoi people are angels right

570 days ago
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devilsfan    

Am I the only one who finds a mud run a bit tasteless seeing as they died in their truck covered in mud?

570 days ago
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KimC    

I'm sure Mtv will pay or help...they should.

569 days ago
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Vetteman    

Should we really be surprised about the Buckwild star dying or some of them arrested? You can't keep doing stupid stuff and think the outcome will be great. Where were the parents when these kids were growing up?

569 days ago
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laffnbear    

His death speaks volumes about his lack of intelligent thinking and maturity. More proof that Darwin was right. Now his family is begging.

569 days ago
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