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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

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.


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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Whitney Akins     

You people that post stupid **** on a page like this are childish as hell. White trash, hill billy, redneck? Who the hell are you some high almighty rich person? Probably. This family lost there son. Have some respect. Regardless they were on TV they are you normal group of friends. The type of people I prefer to be around. Not the kind that think they are better than ever one because you have money. I still work two jobs Sunday thru Saturday and I'm still going to try to make it to the run or donate how ever I can. A family lost a loved one, don't talk **** about them. You don't like it, get the hell off the page. Shain was the heart and soul of this show. RIP may your memory live on the that heart of your loved ones <3

540 days ago


Why is MTV not offering to pay for the expenses of the memorial service?? They have profitted off of these kids and that should be the least they can do for this family that so willingly allowed them to intrude on their private lives....

540 days ago


Cause this guy was on tv and made change doesn't he deserve respect...

540 days ago

hank the tank    

Damnit man, roll down the windows, or shut off the car, such a wasted life (pun intended)

540 days ago


Why doesn't MTV offer to pay?!

540 days ago

Kara WV    

For everyones information I am really good friends with some of the cast and shains family is not asking the public to help them people such as friends and family members are doing it out of the goodness of their heart but half of you wouldn't know what the Hell that is......

540 days ago


That is a Bronco II not a Bronco. A Bronco is about twice the size and costs over $1000.

540 days ago


MTV made a fortune from exploiting him maybe they could cough up the coin for a nice funeral.

540 days ago

Someone's goldfish    

MTV is not legally obligated to help pay for the funeral, but if MTV made a lot of money off of the show it would be a decent gesture to help the family.

540 days ago


I don't doubt that funeral funding is needed because people think they will live FOREVER ... especially the young. >>> But in respect for Shain... shouldn't MTV step up on this?? Very sad cir***stances & demise for 21 year old Shain... we send prayers to all his family.

540 days ago


Shane had a job, he worked for the garbage company, he was not a drain on society at all. He was always in good spirits, even when he was at work. The hatefull people commenting on this in hatefull ways = bad karma. The guy passed away. Show a little respect, its easy if you try.

540 days ago


Wow! What a surprise. One moron is found dead and another is arrested for heroin possession,...Twice. Who could have ever seen that coming? Where do I sign up to get paid thousands of dollars a week to act like an idiot? I can do that.

540 days ago


Too bad Honey Boo Boo and Family didn't go on their "mud boggin" with them, LOL

540 days ago


I am shocked that when a young kid dies, no matter the cause of death that there are people who are so ugly inside feel the need to say something cruel. Bullying at its best I see. My heart is sad for his family and friends, and especially for this judgmental society we live in.

540 days ago


I think MTV can handle the funeral expense of at Least Shain and bc they don't want any backlash they will step up and do it. The other two donations gladly accepted..

540 days ago
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