Shain Gandee, one of the stars of MTV's hit reality series Buckwild, was found dead in his 1984 Ford Bronco earlier today, along with his uncle David Gandee, 48, and another unidentified victim in Sissonville, West Virginia. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, some are speculating that they may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The reality star was last heard from at around 3 AM, when he and his uncle had told friends they planned on going four-wheeling. The Bronco was found halfway covered in a deep pit of mud, in an area where there is no cell phone reception. While authorities would not confirm nor deny the cause of death, carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected since the vehicle's exhaust pipe was completely submerged in mud.
Here is a statement released by MTV regarding Shain Gandee's passing.
"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. 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."
Producer J.P. Williams also released a statement revealing he had spoken with Shain Gandee's father earlier today.
"I spoke with Shain's father, who is devastated as you can imagine. But he said something that I thought was pretty profound, which is that his son died doing what he loved to do."
Production started just a few weeks ago on Season 2 of Buckwild, although the network suspended production today to give cast and crew members time to grieve. Here's what J.P. Williams had to say about the production shutdown.
"We're taking a few weeks to give the cast a chance to get a handle on this because they're devastated, and then we will all address where do you go from here."
We'll keep you posted in regards to how MTV will proceed with Season 2 of Buckwild.