Jackass star Ryan Dunn is killed in high speed crash

Given the crazy nature by which they lived it was perhaps inevitable that one of the “Jackass” cast would eventually wind up on the ‘died too young’ list. Ryan Dunn, the unofficial 4th member of the Margera family, was killed early this morning after his Porsche left the road at high speed before colliding with a tree and erupting into flames killing Dunn and his passenger.

He and the as yet unnamed passenger had been socialising with friends at Barnaby’s of America in West Chester a few hours prior to the accident and is reported to have consumed three Miller Lites and three ‘girly’ shots over a four hour period, which according to a friend who said he was “not too drunk to drive”.

Ryan Dunn seen on Sunday night. This shot was removed from his tumblr site.

Police at West Goshen reported that Dunn was identified by an eye witness on the scene who recognised his tattoos as he was pulled from the wreckage.

It was at around 2:30 a.m. on Route 322 when the accident happened and police state that the vehicle was travelling significantly fast enough that it hurtled through 40 metres of forest before hitting the tree.

Their statement read, “Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.”

The manager of Barnaby’s told NBC Philadelphia that “Ryan didn’t appear drunk before he left” at 2 a.m.

The wreckage of Ryan Dunn's Porsche is removed from the scene.

Often seen at the Margera house, Ryan was considered part of the family as highlighted by April Margera who said, “He’s just the sweetest guy you’d ever want to know and he would do anything for you.”

She and husband Phil Margera paid a simple yet tearful tribute to Dunn, whom they considered a son.

“I know the entire ‘Jackass’ family is devastated and all of West Chester is devastated,” she said.

According to April, Dunn was renowned for driving too fast and she was often telling him to slow down a little. He had been involved in a bad accident a little over ten years ago but it seems that didn’t deter him from putting his foot down.

“He drove too fast and I yelled at him all the time about that,” said April.

The Jackass crew have ben largely unreachable but Johnny Knoxville tweeted, “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.”

MTV followed that up with a similar message which simply read, “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Ryan Dunn's Porsche before police moved it from the scene.

Bam Margera, Dunn’s best friend is currently in Arizona and has not yet made a statement because he is too devastated by the tragic accident.

While his candle burned brightly, Dunn gave us laughs at his own expense and it is a sad loss; sad that he lived so dangerously and perished because of it, and that not only his light has been extinguished so suddenly but that the lives of all those affected have grown a little darker in his passing.

Please share your thoughts on Ryan Dunn’s tragic and untimely death by leaving a comment.

Read about other stars who died young including Bill Hicks; River Phoenix; Brittany Murphy; Heath Ledger and Andy Irons.

images: nbcphiladelphia.com, celebuzz.com

8 thoughts on “Jackass star Ryan Dunn is killed in high speed crash

  1. Pingback: Ryan Miller had “3 Miller Lites and 3 shots over 4 hr period before leaving bar” « HaltingArkansasLiberalswithTruth

  2. Ryan Dunn thank you for providing me and the world with many laughs I didnt know you personally but knew you thru your shows and movies. My thoughts and prayers go out ot your family and closest friends. Prayers and well wishes to the Margeras your second family and ecspecially to Bam. Your Life was taken to quickly GODSPEED Ryan

  3. We wouldn’t pity a porn star who got aids. Why should we pity him?

  4. tragic, but if you drink and drive no matter how much money you have, you’re a jackass and if you die acting like an idiot well all I can say is DUH! But it;s still tragic

  5. No one asked for pity but obviously your parents didn’t teach you well don’t speak ill of the dead that’s ignorant!! Its funny how everyone talks about drinking and driving like you’ve never done it atleast once in your life. Isn’t no one perfect and I’m sure he didn’t want no pity from anyone, he didn’t seem like the kind of guy who would want pity from anyone. Atleast he knew how to have fun and enjoy his life to the fullest which most people just talk about what they would like to do someday and never act on it. And if you really pay attention to what everything says in this stoey not one person is saying they feel bad for him but they feel bad for his family and friends you can’t hold them accountable for what he did. If he was my family and I read what others have said id be irate!! Who cares how he died that’s not why you want to remember someone you want to remember them for who they are!! Think a little more before you speak!!

  6. Jenn – please do the world wide web a favor and learn to write coherently. Lord have mercy – is English your 4th language…?

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