“Oh my God. … Oh, Jesus,” the man, a friend of Gandee’s who’d been involved in a search for him, said to the 911 operator at around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
The “Buckwild” star was found behind the wheel of a Ford Bronco SUV that was partially submerged in mud. The muffler was completely covered by mud.
On the audio of the 911 call, the caller identified Gandee and his uncle to the female dispatcher, saying: ”They’re up on a hill in a mud hole. … We’ve been looking for them for two days. Oh my God.”
The dispatcher asked if there were any visible signs of trauma or any evidence of drugs in the SUV, and the caller said no. Then, the dispatcher asked if he was sure that the men
“They’re definitely not breathing, correct?” she asked, and he replied: “No ma’am, they’re not.
The tragedy instantly sparked questions about voyeurism in pop culture and the dangers that exist between the words “reality” and “TV.” Most specifically, did the push for provocative TV featuring reckless and stunt-prone West Virginia 20-somethings fuel Mr. Gandee’s abandon away from the cameras?
MTV has stopped production of its wildly popular “Buckwild” reality TV show after one of its carefree stars, Shain Gandee, was killed in a freak off-road accident, along with two other men.
“Shain was a great kid with a big heart who had endless love for his mom and dad,” J.P. said. “I am from West Virginia and this show reminded me of how I grew up.”
the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department in West Virginia announced that completed autopsies confirmed: “The manner of death is accidental and the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning for all three subjects.”
In the wake of the shocking deaths, Shain’s family and friends are grieving the fun-loving 21-year-old, who was the breakout star of the MTV reality series. On Tuesday, his second cousin Ashely Gandee Lewis updated fans on Facebook.
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