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Ryan Dunn is Dead | Jackass Star Dies in Car Crash in Pennsylvania | G4's 'Proving Ground' Canceled

Author C. Sanders. Published on June 20, 2011 - 12:36 pm (4846 views — 483 words)

34 year old Ryan Dunn passed away this morning (Monday, June 20th, 2011) after being involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania. Co-star Bam Margera's mother confirmed this tragic news.

Dunn, as well as a yet to be identified person died at the intersection of Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township around 3:00 A.M. Nobody knows who was driving the vehicle, or whether was alcohol or other substances were involved.

Dunn appeared in all three of the hit Jackass films alongside Margera and Johnny Knoxville.

It was reported that Dunn posted a photo of himself drinking on Twitter, shortly before the time of the accident.

There has been little word from Dunn's close friends and "Jackass" collaborators since the accident.

Margera, Knoxville, and Steve-O have yet to say anything about his passing on their Twitter accounts.

West Goshen Police Department released a statement that said "excessive speed may have been a contributing factor."

Ryan Dunn was "just starting to break out on his own. Everyone was really proud of him." That's how Philadelphia morning talk show host Preston Elliot, who co-hosts 93.3 WMMR's The Preston and Steve Show — which Dunn and his Jackass cohorts, many of whom hail from the region, often visited — is reflecting on the late star.

The news of Dunn's passing was first broken on the rock station's morning program — Elliot reveals that early Monday morning, the station became flooded with emails and texts from people in the area who had gotten word of Dunn's death. (Elliott confirmed the news with April Margera, the mother of Dunn's Jackass co-star Bam Margera.) And, tragically, there's plenty of reason to mourn: Not only was Dunn something of a local hero from his early skateboarding days who was always willing to help out if the station was in a pinch for a celebrity guest spot ("I don't think he ever said no," Elliott said), but Dunn was also experiencing some recent professional success, gaining small roles in indie films and co-hosting a new series on G4 called Proving Ground. But now, the rest of Ground — a show which tested out wild video game and movie stunts in the real world, a perfect fit for the always-game Dunn — may not see the light of day.

G4 says that as of today, "the show is off the schedule ... until we discuss next steps." It had only premiered last week. The network is also lamenting Dunn's loss.

"All of us at G4 are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news that Ryan Dunn has passed away. Ryan's comedic wit and signature no-holds-barred approach made him an incredible talent and his work as host of G4's Proving Ground was flawless. Ryan will be missed dearly by his legion of fans and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."