In a grim discovery Monday morning, one of the stars of MTV’s controversial reality series Buckwild was found dead in a vehicle on a dirt road near Sissonville, W.Va., where the series take place, The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail reports.
Shain Gandee, 21, was one of three men found in the vehicle, with the other two being identified as Shain’s uncle, 48-year-old David Gandee, and Robert Myers of Sissonville. No cause of death has been reported, but foul play is so far not suspected.
MTV released a statement upon hearing the news, with spokesperson Candice Ashton saying, “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.”
Buckwild has come under fire for its portrayal of rural West Virginia residents, and other cast members have had run-ins with the law. Salwa Amin has been arrested twice on drug charges and is currently in jail awaiting trial while recurring cast member Michael “Bluefoot” Burford was arrested in February on aggravated DUI charges. MTV had renewed the series for a second season.
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