"Jackass" Star Ryan Dunn Dies in Car Accident

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 1:33 PM PDT
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April and Phil Margera, parents of "Jackass" star Bam Margera say Ryan Dunn was like a son to them. They are devastated by his death.

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"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn has been killed in a car accident early this morning in Pennsylvania.

April Margera - mother of "Jackass" star Bam Margera - called into the Philadelphia radio show Preston and Steve this morning to confirm that the 34 year-old was involved in a fatal crash. Dunn and an unidentified passenger were both killed when his Porsche went over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa. slammed into a tree and burst into flames, a West Goshen police officer confirmed to NBCPhiladelphia.com.

The one-car accident happened on Route 322 around 2:30 a.m., according to Officer Geiger with West Goshen police. The Porsche shot through about 40 yards of trees before it hit the last one and exploded into flames, according to police. The police press release (.PDF) reads, "Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident."

Dunn was seen at a bar, Barnaby's of America, in West Chester, Pa., in the hours prior to the accident.

"Ryan didn't appear drunk before he left," Barnaby's manager told NBC Philadelphia.

Dunn was known primarily for his dangerous antics and practical jokes in the "Jackass" movies with his long-time friend Margera. He is also a member of the CKY Crew with Margera.

Just prior to the accident, Dunn posted a picture of himself drinking with friends.

Dunn had just debuted his newest stunt-themed show, "Proving Ground," on the G4 Network.

 The #RIPRyanDunn hashtag was blowing up on Twitter and Ryan Dunn was the top trending topic Monday morning as news of his death spread.

MTV released this statement via Twitter regarding the death of Ryan Dunn:

"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."

 

Selected Reading: MSNBC, TMZ, NBC Philadelphia

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