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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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535 days ago

Sue from jersey    

Sorry for your loss great idea I hope you raise enough to cover the three funerals

535 days ago


where do we send donations too ... i would like to send the family something and don't know where to mail it .. this is so sad and would like to help the family out.

535 days ago


is there some place we can send a donation... i would like to help the family out ... its sad and i he always seemed so happy and he made the show.. the family has not only their son that they lost but a brother... its a sad day and praying for the family and friends.

535 days ago


Everyone seems to forget that these guys were out drinking and driving and then mudding at 3:00 AM. And a lot of you think MTV should pay for the funeral. Why? MTV employed that boy. If you died today, would your employer pay for your funeral? No. So why should MTV? They paid him. MTV had nothing to do with this death. Perhaps if they hadn't been drinking, they would have realized something was wrong or maybe they wouldn't have gotten stuck to begin with.

I still cannot believe how people, news, or anything online glorifies these deaths, but yet our boys and girls die every day fighting for us and we hear nothing!!

535 days ago


So sad to hear about Shane, he felt like do mine I would know , so sorry to his parents , family and friends.

535 days ago


So sad to hear about Shane, he felt like do mine I would know , so sorry to his parents , family and friends.

535 days ago

J Rock320    

So ****ed up how all you people are talking bad about respect at all. He was probably the only person I really liked on that show..

535 days ago

Kara WV    

For everyones concerns about the coat of the funeral ita paid for and not by the public, by family ans close friends .....everyone chill and let the family have some peace

535 days ago


Financial burden my a$$. Spent $500 to cremate the dumb-a$$ and be done with him.

535 days ago


I doubt he even made "a couple thousand dollars" as you suggest. I've known a few of the Real World and Road Rules kids and they make what somebody at a Fast Food joint does until, as you said, the show goes into other seasons. It's my opinion that MTV, or more specifically the Producers of these shows, is the one raping these kids, they know they can do it because these young people will do anything to be on TV and get famous. If this kid refused, they would have just found someone else.

535 days ago


I just cant believe hes gone. I didnt know him personally but i loved the show. And i really liked him. The part i dont understand is there going to go muddn too. Why whould they go muddin. It should be seriously banned and personally i think its stupid. Rip shane

535 days ago

TICH scotland    

shain reached the ultimate in life he just went out and enjoyed it think thats what all the haters can't stand god bless the boy he was a true inspiration RIP

535 days ago



535 days ago


what is wrong with you people this was a young man that died. How can you make jokes and belittle this young man. I hope all of you that think this is funny go straight to hell. You should ask yourself what if this was my son. Or my family.

535 days ago
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