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'Buckwild' Star It's Official ... Carbon Monoxide Killed Him

4/2/2013 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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West Virginia police have just confirmed what TMZ reported yesterday ... "Buckwild" star Shain Gandee died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A rep for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying Shain's autopsy was completed today. The death was ruled an accident.

Shain's uncle and a male friend also died while inside Shain's 1984 Bronco, which had stalled out in mud while the crew went off-roading over the weekend. The truck's exhaust pipe had apparently been submerged in mud, causing the gas to leak back into the car.

As we previously reported ... the 21-year-old reality show star as well as the two others were found dead yesterday morning by a passing ATV rider. 

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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
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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.

'Buckwild' Star Carbon Monoxide Possible Cause of Death

4/1/2013 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:38 PM PT -- TMZ has learned ... the bodies of all 3 victims have been recovered from the scene and have been transferred to the local medical examiner's office where autopsies will be performed.

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-- Officials have retrieved Shain's red Ford Bronco from the muddy pit where it was discovered ... and judging by pictures of the car taken at the scene, it appears the vehicle was submerged past the window.

The photos seem to support the theory that the passengers died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the deadly fumes from the car could not escape through the tailpipe, which was completely submerged in the mud.

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There is evidence that "Buckwild" star Shain Gandee may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning ... sources close to the death investigation tell TMZ.

A rep for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office in West Virginia tells us, the bodies of Shain, his uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified person are still inside the truck where they were originally found. Authorities have been unable to remove the bodies from the scene because of the truck's location.

According to the rep, Shain's 1984 Bronco is stuck knee-deep in mud in the middle of nowhere ... and the only way to reach it is via an all-terrain vehicle.

We're told there is no cell reception in the area, which is why Shain and the others couldn't be reached. We're also told the bodies were originally discovered today by a passing ATV rider.

Police wouldn't confirm or deny whether carbon monoxide poisoning played a role in the deaths -- but sources connected with the investigation say it's the likely scenario, especially if the exhaust pipe was submerged in mud.

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'Buckwild' City Mayor Cancel the Show

4/1/2013 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia -- where "Buckwild" is filmed -- says he hopes MTV will pull the plug on the controversial show after one of its stars, Shain Gandee, was found dead today.

Mayor Danny Jones tells TMZ ... “Of the few cast members on the show already two have had legal issues and now one has died.  The show only enhances the negative stereotype the Kanawha Valley already has. I hope the show’s life is short.”

The show has been surrounded by controversy from the beginning ... you'll recall, back in December WV Senator Joe Manchin blasted the show as a "travesty" that profits off of shameful behavior and urged MTV to cancel it even before it aired.  

Adding to the problem ... two "Buckwild" cast members were recently arrested for separate incidents -- Salwa Amin and Michael Burford. Amin in connection with a drug raid and Burford on suspicion of DUI.

As TMZ previously reported ... 21-year-old cast member Shain Gandee was found dead earlier this morning -- along with his uncle and one unidentified passenger -- inside a Ford Bronco, in Sissonville, WV.

'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee Dead at 21

4/1/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:00 PM PT -- Sources close to the death investigation say it's likely Shain died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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"Buckwild" Star Shain Gandee was found dead in a vehicle in West Virginia this morning ... 31 hours after the 21-year-old MTV reality star had been reported missing, this according to law enforcement.

According to officials, Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified body were discovered dead in the vehicle in Sissonville, West Virginia. There was no sign of foul play.

As we previously reported ... Shain was last heard from around 3 AM on Sunday morning, when he and his uncle David told people they planned to go 4-wheeling.

MTV has released a statement, saying, "We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends."

MTV adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."

The rep says production of "Buckwild" has since been suspended.

Story developing ...

'Buckwild' Star Reported Missing

4/1/2013 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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9:40 AM PT -- Shain has been found dead inside his car along with two other bodies, this according to law enforcement. It's unclear if one of the other bodies is Shain's uncle.

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"Buckwild" star Shain Gandee has been reported missing after going on an off-roading trip with his uncle ... and never coming home.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office in West Virginia just issued a press release, claiming the MTV reality star and his uncle David Gandee were reported missing last night, roughly 24 hours after they were last seen at a Sissonville bar.

According to cops, 21-year-old Shain and 48-year-old David had told people at the bar they were planning to go four-wheeling ... but didn't tell anyone where they planned to ride. They haven't been seen or heard from since.

At the time of the police press release, Shain and his uncle had been missing 31 hours. They were last known to be in Shain’s car, a red and white 1984 Ford Bronco with oversized tires.

Carson Daly My Favorite Music Video Was BANNED from TV

4/1/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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032913-carson-daily-VIDEOPut this in your trivia pipe and smoke it -- what's former MTV veejay Carson Daly's favorite music video of all time?

We got the answer straight from Carson in NYC, aaand ... you'll have to watch the clip to find out.

But here's a hint: The video in question was banned from TV upon its release in 2000 because of its depiction of violence against women, and its nudity.

The full unedited version of the video aired in 2002 as part of a "Most Controversial Videos" countdown ... it ranked #1.

Ok, take a guess (without Googling) ... then watch the clip.

Ke$ha I Drank My Own Pee ... And It's On Tape

2/13/2013 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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We now know why Ke$ha felt compelled to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack ... 'cause the pop singer says she once drank her own pee!!!!

Ke$ha leaked the information to BBC 1 radio, saying she imbibed her own urine while filming an upcoming MTV documentary called "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life."

The 25-year-old said her journalist brother filmed the doc over the last 2-and-a-half years, claiming, "He got all the things you would want to see and all the things you wouldn’t really want to see -- making out with dudes, drinking my own pee, jumping out of a building, jumping out of aeroplanes, swimming with sharks ..."

She added, "I was told drinking my own pee was good ... Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it anymore."

Classy.

'Buckwild' Star Arrested for Drug Possession

2/11/2013 5:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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8:15 AM PT -- According to the Nicholas County Magistrate Court, Salwa Amin will post $200,000 bond for two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver. One count for oxycodone, the other for HEROIN.

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Salwa Amin -- one of the stars of the MTV show "Buckwild" -- was arrested early this morning on a felony drug charge in West Virginia.

Amin was popped for drug possession with intent to deliver -- a felony. She's scheduled to be arraigned later this morning.

Just last week, MTV announced it was going forward with a second season of the show ... which is best described as a redneck version of "Jersey Shore."

'Buckwild' Stars Don't Compare Us to 'Jersey Shore'

1/4/2013 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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They're both reality shows on MTV that feature a subculture of America doing crazy things on camera and bringing notoriety to their region ... but the stars of the new show "Buckwild" say they're nothing like their "Jersey Shore" counterparts. 

Our photog caught up with two of the show's stars, Shain Gandee and Shae Bradley, yesterday in NYC ... fresh off the premiere of their show, which is set in the backwoods of West Virgina.

When our photog asked how "Buckwild" compares to the now-complete "Jersey Shore" ... Shae was quick to kill any comparison: "We don't [compare]. They're both reality shows. We're both just living our lives, but they're not alike at all."

Seeing as the majority of the cast of "JS" made millions off their sudden fame ... perhaps Shae should re-consider.

L.A. Kings Fans Taunt N.J. Devils With 'Jersey Shore'

6/5/2012 3:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Kings fans taunted their rivals with blown up images of the Jersey Shore castIt was a real "puck you" to the New Jersey Devils Monday night, as L.A. Kings fans taunted their rivals with blown up images of an even famous-er N.J. franchise -- the cast of "Jersey Shore."

Devils players may not have gotten the joke, since 18 are not even American, but fans sure did.

In the end, Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D and Jwoww may have been L.A.'s secret weapon, because the Kings won 4 zip, which puts them 1 game away from their first Stanley Cup.

Finally, Snooki and Sitch did something useful.

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The Situation 6-FIGURE PAYDAY In Major Tanning Bed Deal

8/6/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is getting even richer ... now that he 's locked down ANOTHER 6-figure check to be the face of a new tanning salon business ... TMZ has learned.

Sources involved in the deal tell us ... Sitch just signed a 6-figure contract with the Boca Tanning Club. We're told The Situation's deal was pretty sweet -- because along with the FAT paycheck, the company he runs with his brother -- MPS Entertainment -- also got an ownership stake in the business.

We're told Sitch wants to open FOUR new salons in Jersey within the next year -- and he's already recruiting friends and family members to work in the shops.

Calls to Boca Tanning have not been returned.

Puck from 'Real World' BUSTED for Domestic Violence

6/29/2011 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Real World" troublemaker David "Puck" Rainey has been arrested on domestic violence charges in L.A.

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The 42-year-old ex-MTV reality star was arrested on June 19 on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant ... as first reported by Andrew Blankstein of the L.A. Times.

Puck was locked up at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail -- where he's being held on $30,000 bail.

Puck is scheduled to face a judge on July 6.

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