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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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Here's a crazy idea why doesn't MTV pay for it?? They're loaded.

539 days ago


Did they ever say who is the third person they found in Shane truck but they olny said his uncle never said there was third victim .

539 days ago


Somewhere in his home town there is a meth dealer crying

539 days ago


All you people that are bashing peope because of what they think...why not send this family money, if you feel sorry for not one of you will offer a dime towards his funeral.......a bunch of azzholes that will critisize others and then not do a damn thing either.......Bury Your Own!

539 days ago


Just put 'em all in their beloved trucks, drench it with gasoline and light 'em up. Country cremation. Costs under $30.

539 days ago


My thoughts & prayers are with the Gandee family, this is such a tragedy - so sad!! Wish i could go to the mudrun to help out b/c i would!!! There is just something about him that struck me & i'm just sadden by this horrible news. No one should lose a life so early!!!

539 days ago


Hasn't anyone ever heard of life insurance? West Virginians do this all the time. They waste money on stupid stuff but can't spend ten bucks a month on insurance. Then when someone dies they look to everyone else to fork over the money.

539 days ago

Anthony Mesojednik

539 days ago


Stupid is as stupid does. Common sense ain't so common. You drink then drive and get stuck in the mud. Knowing how far down in the mud they were one of the idiots should have know the muffler was submerged too and opening a window would have made all the difference.

539 days ago

lindsay clark    

um what's with all the hate filled comments coming from people behind a screen and or phone? this is truly a weird, weird society. There is nothing sadder in the world than lost love and young death. Prayers

539 days ago


If any of them had been sober, some or all of them would be alive today! Have the bar or store that sold them the booze foot the bill!

539 days ago


Of course MTV won't pay.

539 days ago


I can't believe all of the negative comments on here. He was a human being who has a family who will love and miss him dearly. It only shows what kind of unfeeling, selfish and judgemental some people are.Have some respect!!!

539 days ago


Sorry the kid died, but what would the family have done had he not been known from this show, to be able to ask the public for handouts via the media?!? SMH!

539 days ago


Get the TV producers to pay for it....

539 days ago
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