MTV ‘Buckwild’ Star Found Dead at Age 21

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Shain GandeeAfter going missing over the weekend, MTV Buckwild star Shain Gandee has died. Gandee's body was discovered in a vehicle along with his uncle David Gandee and a third unidentified body. According to local officials, the car was found a mile up a dirt road in Sissonville, West Virginia, and no foul play is suspected.

It's heartbreaking. Gandee went missing early Sunday morning after 3 a.m., when he told friends at a bar that he was going off-roading in his Ford Bronco. And while we don't know how much he had to drink that night, who was behind the wheel, or if any other factors were behind this incident -- I have to wonder if the MTV lifestyle played a part here.

If you haven't seen Buckwild, I can sum it up for you pretty easily. It's a reality show that follows around a group of kids from small-town West Virginia who love nothing more than drinking and getting into all sorts of trouble in the rural playground they live in. Think keg parties, squirrel hunting, mud racing, rope swinging, and all that jazz.

Whether or not Gandee was getting into any troublesome activities on Buckwild, being associated with it had to encourage a more playboy lifestyle. With a majorly thick southern accent, the 21-year-old was commonly given subtitles on the show because it was so difficult to understand him. His high school prom king, I have no doubts that Gandee quickly became a local celebrity. Could the constant cameras have influenced him to take things to a whole other level? I wouldn't be surprised.

What we do know: this is no April Fools' prank. It's heartbreaking every single time a person loses their life too soon. With a second season of Buckwild on the agenda, it'll be interesting to see whether MTV pulls the plug. In my eyes, it's the right decision.

My heart goes out to the Gandee family.

Can you believe this?


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Eddie... EddiesMama83

Whether MTV aired the show Buckwild or not, the guy would still have died. It's tragic, but true. He chose to live this life before the cameras got involved. Stop blaming MTV for everythng!

Alexa... AlexaAdams

I agree with Eddiesmama. It's not MTVs fault. If they weren't reckless before then they never would have gotten a show in the first place!

nonmember avatar kayla

being on the show might've encouraged him that it was A-OK to be so reckless though. if one of the cast members of jersey shore died after the first season i doubt it would've returned without the person, specifically not with that cast. i doubt buckwild will continue with this cast if it still wants to show "wild and crazy", instead of a season of people dealing with the consequences of their choices through their friend's passing.

linzemae linzemae

I agree with the above posters. It is not mtvs fault. People make their own decisions and need to be held responsible

nonmember avatar kaerae

Sounds like maybe carbon monoxide poisoning, if they had the heat on and fell asleep/passed out. MTV is not to blame. Exploitation of willing adults or with parental consent is not illegal. If no one watched, they wouldn't show it. I think, if your kids are watching these shows, you should watch with them and engage them in discussion about them.

TerriC TerriC

I agree with previous posters, not MTV's fault.  Very tragic though.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup I agree Eddie!! These reality stars are all show and were before.

stace... stacey541

I also don't see how that is MTV's fault....exhaust leak's fault maybe...but not the tv shows....

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