Monday, June 20, 2011

Jackass star Ryan Dunn dies in horror crash


Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high speed car crash last night

Posted Twitter picture of himself in a bar hours before crash

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

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Autopsy underway to determine if alcohol play a part

Dunn was charged with drink-driving offence back in 2005

TV daredevil and Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a horrific high-speed car crash last night.

The 34-year-old died when his sports car flew off the road around 2.30am while he was driving to his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, following a night out in a bar with friends.

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

Police said they found the burning wreckage of his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, which was capable of reaching 190mph, in the woods off the road fully engulfed in flames.

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

Just hours before the accident, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself with two male friends, all of whom were holding alcoholic drinks.

Sources told 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.

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

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

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

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

Crowd: News crews and onlookers arrived at the the site today following Ryan Dunn's horrific accident

Fellow Jackass co-stars also paid tribute to Dunn today.

Stephen 'Steve-O' Glover was too distraught to speak but later tweeted: 'I don't know what to say, except I love Ryan Dunn and I'm really going to miss him.'

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

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

She described him as being like a son to her and said he had 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.'

Tributes: Flower were laid by the side of the road in memory of the reality star who died in the crash

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

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

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

'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

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

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source: dailymail

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