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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.

341 COMMENTS

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91.

kAYDEE    

Holy **** MTV you can't foot the bill for the kids funeral????? Have some class.

578 days ago
92.

Calipunks    

How ****in sad from what watchex of him he was a good soul **** the **** talkers death comea fast so holf tight the ones you love

578 days ago
93.

~catty~    

Absolutely sad.

578 days ago
94.

cam    

Someone so young and full of life lost he will be missed by many and for all the negative comments judge ur self not someone who clearly can't speak for himself someone lost a son a cousin a true friend don't forget that

578 days ago
95.

Sweethear_tricia    

Comeon MTV Step up and do the right thing.

578 days ago
96.

RoadRig    

died doing what he loves. god bless...

578 days ago
97.

Ryan8    

My employer makes money off of me and I make a lot of money off of them. If I am killed in my car is my employer have a obligation to pay for my funeral services? Are you nuts!? MTV is in no way responsible for that. This story makes me sad but come on people....don't be so ignorant

578 days ago
98.

Cartman    

Sell the moron's truck. Problem solved.

578 days ago
99.

mom in midwest    

MTV should offer to pay, they are glorifying that style of behavior and making money from it.

578 days ago
100.

billybob    

Why not bury him vertically?

578 days ago
101.

stoopidjerk007    

you cant make this stuff up. accidental suicide from a mud puddle. i'm speechless....

578 days ago
102.

rouge    

Sorry, this going to sound cold but; have the service you can afford, not the one you feel pressure to provide. Doubt he would want the family to go into debt because of his passing.

578 days ago
103.

connie    

Hopefully, MTV will come thru for this family and for the star of their show!

578 days ago
104.

sammybaby30    

The only thing I don't understand is if they were stuck in the mud and the gas leaked why couldn't they roll down the windows and y were they all in the truck if u get stuck don't u normally get out and try to oush the car out? It doesn't make sense

578 days ago
105.

Josh2013    

RIP-HandiGandee

578 days ago
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