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4/10/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


8:22 AM PT -- A rep for MTV tells TMZ ... "Given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him."

The rep adds, "Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."

MTV says ... this weekend, it will have a "day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of 'Buckwild'."

MTV is pulling the plug on "Buckwild" -- canceling the reality series that was rocked just 8 days ago by the death of cast member Shain Gandee ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the show tell us MTV decided to stop production in the middle of the second season of the show ... which followed the lives of young people in a rural West Virginia town.

We're told MTV didn't give the cast and crew any specific reason for the cancellation. An official announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

Gandee died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his Bronco last week ... when the vehicle got trapped in mud during an off-road excursion.

There were other issues since the show debuted in January -- the arrests of 2 other cast members ... Salwa Amin for drug possession and Michael Burford for DUI.

According to our sources, 4 episodes of Season 2 were shot, but will not air -- however, a special that was taped 2 months ago is expected to air.



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Jenny Scott    

That is so sad I loved watching this show, Shain was my favorite.

517 days ago


Salwa was awesome but I'll miss Shain too

516 days ago


Wow is all I can say. Someone just died and all most of you can say was, "man that show was stupid." And "im glad that red neck show was canceled." ? Unbelivable!!! You people are just best at staying quiet. What if someone close to you died and people talked crap about them. You wouldnt like it at all. His death had NOTHING to do with the show. **** the show. A life was taken. And you people talk trash. And we all want to know what happened to the world? People like you thats what happened.

515 days ago


No shock

514 days ago


Well well poor lost

500 days ago


I love shain, ill miss hum and this show, I can almost say this show was 1 of the best shows om mtv, my heart gose out to the family and the girlfriend much love<3

499 days ago

Dan Kirberg    

Anna-You are a SMOKIN` HOT BABE!!!!!!!!!!!

473 days ago


No, that is so sad! But at least he died doing what he loved!

331 days ago
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