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'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn dies in car crash in Pennsylvania

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Ryan Dunn, the star of "Jackass," died at the age of 34, in a fatal car crash that engulfed the car in flames, also killing another unnamed person in the car with him.

Last Updated on 6/22 at end of the article:

This fatal car crash happened on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, according to MTV News, who said they confirmed this information. Ryan Dunn, was one of the major stars of the "Jackass" series of shows and movies. His stunts are classic and some of the funniest ever done.

The accident happened at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. While it's unknown if it was Dunn who was driving at the time, another passenger who was unidentified also died in the crash. The news first broke on WMMR 93.3's "Preston and Steve" radio show. Another "Jackass" co-star's mother called in with the news. Bam's mother was interviewed by the radio station, her name is April Margera.

In Dunn's last posted photo to Twitter, it shows him and two friends drinking what may be alcoholic beverages. The car caught fire in the crash, according to the reports. The car was later removed from the scene by a tow truck and a photo showed the wrecked car on the side of the road. No further information was known about the accident.

"Jack Ass" is well known for it's crazy and sometimes very dangerous stunts. Dunn kicked off his career in online videos posted of him doing crazy stunts and skateboard tricks. These videos eventually led to his part in MTV's "Jackass" in 2000. Dunn was a daredevil and he was a key member of the crew. He has appeared in "Jackass" spin-offs like "Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy Union," as Bam's sidekick.

Dunn was often considered the voice of reason among this zany crew that made up the films and shows of "Jackass." "Proving Ground," was Dunn's new show where he and Jessica Choban, his co-host, test out the many action sequences from TV, games and movies. His show just premiered on G4 last Tuesday.

Dunn's first stunt for the "Jackass" show was named as one of MTV's favorites in 10 years of the TV show and movies. "I loved when [Bam Margera] made Ryan jump into the poo factory, the 'Poo Dive' I think we called it," creator Jeff Tremaine said. " 'Cause that was horrible, but the best part was ... revealing his tattoos that we didn't know about. That was the first time we ever met Ryan."

This funny stunt-man and dare devil has appeared in all three "Jackass" flicks. He ventured into Hollywood at one point and took roles in non-"Jackass" projects like the Jessica Simpson flick "Blonde Ambition" and on the NBC procedural staple "Law & Oder: SVU."

Update: a police reconstruction team was able to calculate the rate of speed that Dunn was traveling when the accident occurred. The West Goshen Police report that Dunn was going 130 mph. The accident is still under investigation. It is not known at this time if alcohol was a factor in this crash.

Update:The autopsy results were made public and the coroner said he was unable to tell if Dunn and his friend died from the impact or if they died in the fire. Either way, the coroner said the deaths were violent.

Update: Dunn had an accident in 2005, where he crashed his car and was charged with a DUI. That accident scene was only about two miles away from Sunday night's fatal crash. In the last 13 years, Dunn had received at least 23 driving citations, according to the Kansas City Star. The citations included speeding, careless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Update: Both Dunn and his passenger, who is identified as Zachary Hartwell, were badly burned in the fire that engulfed the car. Dunn was identified by his tattoos and his hair.

: Zachary Hartwell was pictured with Dunn just hours before in a photo that Dunn posted on Twitter. Dunn, Hartwell and another friend looked as if they were in a club having a few drinks in the picture. Hartwell was a production assistant on the movie "Jackass 2" and he also worked as a stunt car driver in the industry.

Update: Dunn was intoxicated when he died in the fatal car crash, reports MTV today. His BAL was more than double the legal limit for driving.


Submitted by Brit (not verified) on
I'm very sorry to hear that this happened but to all kids and everybody out there it does'nt pay to drink and drive....Good luck to everyone... Wish the best and jackass must go on!! We Love You All, RIP Ryan Dunn Bongo69 - Ryan Dunn was a hell of a man and did a hell of a job! CHEERS TO DUNN!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO

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