Monday, June 20, 2011

Jackass star Ryan Dunn, 34, killed in 'high-speed' crash after Porsche explodes into fireball

-Twitter picture posted hours before crash shows him holding what appears to be an alcoholic drink

By Daily Mail Reporter

Reality TV daredevil and Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident in the early hours of this morning.

The 34-year-old died in a one car collision near his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania at around 2.30am following a night out with friends.

Upon arrival to the scene, police found a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 'off the road and in the woods that was fully engulfed in flames.'

Dunn was the registered owner of the vehicle and its driver, according to police, who went on to say in a news release that 'preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.'

A male passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene 'a result of injuries sustained in the accident.'

Police are awaiting positive identification before releasing the passenger's identity.

Just hours before the accident, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself with two male friends, all of whom were holding what appeared to be alcoholic beverages.

A photograph taken on the scene shows a tow truck removing the charred wreckage car from the side of the road.

MTV issued this statement on Twitter morning: 'We're deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.'

Wreckage: The charred remains of the Porsche 911 GT3 is towed away as police survey the scene

Last picture: Just hours before his death, Ryan (left) tweeted this photograph of him enjoying a night out with friends

Dunn rose to fame as part of the stunt crew for the MTV show Jackass, which ran from 2000 to 2002.

He then featured in Bam Margera's Viva La Bam from 2003 to 2006 as well as all three of the Jackass movies.

He also had a one-season run with a show of his own Homewrecker, which saw him help practical jokes victims get revenge.

It was actually Margera's mother, April, who first confirmed Ryan's death by calling into Preston and Steve's radio show on WMMR 93.3.

She described him as being like a son to her and said he even called her on Mother's Day.

The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass
His Jackass co-star and friend Steve O was too distraught to speak when approached by for comment.

Dunn was famously involved in a golf cart accident during the filming of the first Jackass movie during which Johnny Knoxville was injured.

He was driving the golf cart with Knoxville as a passenger when he tried to launch the vehicle over a sand bunker.

Knoxville was thrown from the cart which then landed on top of him, knocking him out.

Dunn also appeared in the Jessica Simpson film Blonde Ambition and NBC's Law & Order: SVU.

Most recently, he hosted Proving Ground on the G4 cable network.


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