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CKY & Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dead at 34 in High Speed Porsche Crash

TV star grew with Johnny Knoxville & Bam Margera, & recently made host of new G4 series

  • A scene from "Born to Be Wild."
  • A scene from "Born to Be Wild."
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Ryan Dunn, the 34-year-old television personality most known for his role in the TV and movie series, Jackass, has died in a early morning car accident today. At approximately 3:30am EDT, his 2007 Porsche GT3 was discovered fully engulfed in flames, after apparently leaving the road at speeds over 110mp near Route 322, in the West Goshen Township area of Pennsylvania. A passenger of the Porsche, Zachary Hartwell, was also found dead at the scene. While drugs and/or alcohol have not been named a factor as of yet as police investigate, Dunn had posted on Twitter a picture of himself drinking what is presumed to be alcohol with Hartwell hours earlier, which has led to speculation on the cause of the accident. Police have yet to officially comment on the open investigation.

Initially, Dunn had made his career as a sidekick and self-described stuntman on the underground skateboard/prank video series, CKY (Camp Kill Yourself), which made its debut in 1999 as hosted by friend and professional skateboarder, Bam Margera. The popularity of CKY opened up the group into more mainstream outlets, such as MTV's Jackass and Viva La Bam. Dunn became the star of the short-lived 2005 MTV show, Homewrecker, and was also the main character in the 2003 independent comedy film, Haggard, which was based on a 'true' story of Dunn's promiscuous girlfriend.

This morning after news broke, MTV released the following statement: 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.

On June 14, 2011, Dunn debuted as the host for the variety TV show Proving Ground, hosted on the G4 Channel. The main objective of the show was to retry infamous segments of videogames and TV/film, in a real-life scenario, to see the results. More information about the show can be found here and in a clip as provided by G4 below: