Monday, June 20, 2011

Jackass star Ryan Dunn dies in horror crash as $100,000 Porsche flies off road and explodes in fireball after night out drinking

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

-Star's burnt body 'had to be identified by his tattoos'

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.

His body was so badly burnt that he had to be identified by his tattoos, NBC Philadelphia report.

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.

An official report states that 'preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.'

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.

Sources tell America's TMZ that Dunn drank 'at least' three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby's of America bar before the accident.

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

Where the night started: Dunn was at Barnaby's bar in West Chester before the accident

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

Tire marks at the scene show where the Porsche careened off the highway, through a metal guardrail and into the woods.

'We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade,' President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group Van Toffler said in a statement.

'He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend,' the statement continued.

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

Investigation: Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident

'Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.'

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.

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

Crash scene: Black marks on the road show where Dunn's car skidded out of control

Damage: Dunn's vehicle drove through a guardrail and into the woods

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

A tearful April said: 'We just found out a few hours ago - it is the worst possible news.

'I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona but I cannot believe that his friend is dead – I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn had died.

'Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy - he was like my extra son, everybody loved him.

Crowd: News crews and onlookers crowded the site today

Tributes: Flower tribute have already been left for the reality star

'He had a longterm girlfriend and she will be absolutely devastated - she has turned off her phone just now.

'It’s just so sad we cannot believe Ryan has gone - I’m too upset to say anything else just now.'

April said she is 'worried' about her son, adding that he is 'devastated' by the death of his firmed.

Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at age 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met Margera on his first day of high school.

Sports car: Dunn pictured in his Porsche 911 GT3 with a female companion on June 12

Dunn, Margera, Christopher Raab (known as Raab Himself) and Brandon DiCamillo, under the moniker CKY for 'Camp Kill Yourself,' started making videos that featured them skateboarding and performing stunts.

Dunn was working as a welder and at a gas station when Johnny Knoxville, a friend of Margera's through the skateboarding circuit, asked the crew to allow their videos to be part of the series Jackass, which became a hit.

Knoxville today took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss.

He wrote: 'Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie.'

Johnny ended the post by saying: 'RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.'

He later added: 'Please drive safe and wear your seat belt. Ryan Dunn will be missed. God bless.'

His Jackass co-star and friend Steve O was too distraught to speak when approached by for comment.

Dunn's name began trending on Twitter soon after the news of the crash broke, with fans and celebrities quickly expressing their condolences.

Police report: The Chief of Police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, notes the 2007 Porche was discovered 'fully engulfed in flames'

'I'm very Sad and Shocked to hear about Ryan Dunn,' friend and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden Tweeted. 'My thoughts&Prayers are with his Family.'

Reality TV star Brody Jenner wrote:'Just heard about Ryan Dunn… So sad.. #RIPRYANDUNN.'

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

Devastated: Dunn's co-star Johnny Knoxville took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of his friend and posted this picture of the star

Grieving: Jackass star Steve-O posted this message on his Twitter page today

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.

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

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.

The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass

source: dailymail

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