Shain Gandee of MTV’s Buckwild Dead at 21

The death of the MTV reality-show star — reported missing on Sunday — has been confirmed

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The Associated Press reported earlier today that Shain Gandee, a star of MTV’s West Virginia reality show Buckwild, had last been seen in the early hours of Sunday morning at a bar — but it wasn’t long before TMZ posted the sad news that Gandee had been found dead on Monday morning. Gandee and two others — including his uncle David Gandee, 48 — were in a vehicle found in Sissonville, W.Va. The news was confirmed by the Kanawha County Commissioner.

As MTV reports, the cause of death has not yet been declared. The network issued a statement that the reality-show cast member “had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met.”

Buckwild follows a group of friends in West Virginia as they try to entertain themselves in their small town. The second season of the show had been announced in February, shortly before the finale of the first. The network described Gandee, prior to the first season’s premiere, as a happy young man:

Everyone in Sissonville, W.Va., knows Shain. Sociable and loyal, he was the high school prom king, but missed the dance because he had to work. He’s done every job from coal mining to being a garbage man but as long as he is using his hands, he’s happy. He loves mudding, hunting and four-wheeling but most of all he loves his parents, who live three doors down.

According to Buzzfeed, the network would not comment on the future given today’s news.

UPDATE: MTV has suspended, indefinitely, production of the show’s second season—preliminary work had started last week.  The first season of Buckwild averaged 3.2 million viewers per episode and was the network’s top-rated show among viewers between the ages of 12 and 34.

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12 comments
MayHemm
MayHemm

sometimes dead is bettah. No one ever said living on the edge meant the edge would last.

adalbertolozano1369
adalbertolozano1369

Id rather act like them then act like you no respect what so ever you should be ashamed of yourself thimothy. Its a life that has pass away and you show no respect. Thats sad nway rip shane he was my favorite out of the cast your in a better place youll be missed

TimothyBragg
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These are people who live in the backwoods, they have no education and they have to create their own entertainment to occupy their time. MTV should be ashamed to have ever aired something like this, it is an insult to people in West Virginia because not everybody in this state acts like these misfits, as far as this fool Shain, which is not the way you spell Shain probably did something stupid to get himself killed.

haroldedwardd
haroldedwardd

Oh my god. What a tragedy. Shain was, by far, my favorite cast member of this show. I am so devastated. I have loved this show, ever since the first time I watched it with my mum. My all time favorite cast member, of my all time favorite show, is dead. You will always be in my heart, Shain. I send my condolences to the family, and cast members of Buckwild. You are thought of by many.

SusanRidenour-Marcum
SusanRidenour-Marcum

First watched this show will my 16 year old Grandson and I am 56, I loved this show and every one of the cast members. Shain stood out above all the rest and you could see the passion for live in his eyes. My heart goes out to his parents and the rest of the shows cast, as a Mother whom has lost a child I know how hard this will be on his parents. R,I,P  Shain

AlexisToo'BhaddHall
AlexisToo'BhaddHall

Its so sad knowing he's gone he was a true sweetheart on the show watching him i fell in love with him and all the funny things he did r.i.p shain