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Originally posted 04/10/2013 11:45AM
With its West Virginians partying hard and playing harder, Buckwild became a breakout hit for MTV in its first season and was poised to fill the void left by Jersey Shore.
But after the carbon monoxide-poisoning deaths of cast member Shain Gandee and two others while driving their SUV through the mud, MTV has canceled the show.
"We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him," MTV says in a statement. "Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."
Originally posted 04/05/2013 03:30PM
Shain Gandee died while "mudding," a passion he displayed while starring on MTV's Buckwild.
Gandee's cousin, Ashley Gandee Lewis, 32, describes it as a "country sport" when you "go in clean and come out covered in mud. People make mud holes. They kill up the ground and take the grass off the top. They take a water hose and soak the ground until it gets completely muddy. The more you play, the dirtier you get."
Lewis adds, "As country people, we don't golf. We grab a four-wheeler and some friends and find stuff to do, whether it's rope swinging in the creek or going mudding."
Monday morning was the last time Shain, 21, would ever be seen in his mud-covered Bronco. After missing for 31 hours, the reality star was found unresponsive in the SUV with two other males, including his uncle.
Originally posted 04/02/2013 03:45PM
As friends and fans mourn the loss of Shain Gandee, authorities say the Buckwild star and two others died due to toxic exhaust fumes filling their stuck-in-the-mud SUV.
The 21-year-old reality TV personality, his uncle and another man who has not officially been identified were found unresponsive in Gandee's Bronco on Monday morning, after being reported missing since early Saturday morning.
"Foul play has been ruled out," Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper of West Virginia told PEOPLE on Tuesday.
Autopsies later confirmed the men died of the gas and that the deaths were accidental.
Originally posted 04/01/2013 02:40PM
A search for Buckwild star Shain Gandee and two others ended with the trio found dead in his car in West Virginia, authorities say.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident," an MTV rep said in a statement. "We are waiting for more information, but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends."
Continues the statement, "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."
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