‘Jackass’ Actor Ryan Dunn Killed in Fiery Car Crash

By: Mike Hess / June 20, 2011

Remembering Ryan
Pics of Dunn through the years.
Celebs Mourn Dunn
Friends and celebs remember Ryan Dunn.
Dunn's Last Film
Watch Dunn in 'Jackass 3-D.'
Ryan Dunn, the bearded and often-tortured star of the Jackass movies and TV series, was killed in a car accident overnight on Monday. He was 34 years old.

Local police have confirmed the death, which was initially reported by April and Phil Margera, parents of Dunn’s friend Bam, who called into a local radio show on Monday morning to share the sad news. According to the report, Dunn’s Porsche went off the road and flipped over a guardrail in West Goshen Pa, when it crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

The local site’s post included a photo of the crash, which showed the mangled car frame in the brush on the side of the road.

TMZ reports that Dunn was driving the car when it careened off of the road. That holds significance because earlier in the night, Dunn tweeted a photo of himself and some friends drinking at a bar, which could mean he was drunk at the time of the crash.

Dunn was a major part of the Jackass series, movies and also of the offshoot show Viva La Bam. Watch a clip below of Dunn in the most recent movie, Jackass 3D: (WARNING: Explicit language:)

 

Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group, issued a statement to Dunn’s death on Monday, saying:
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade. He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favorite middle school friend. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.”

In reaction to Dunn’s death, celebs and friends alike took to Twitter to remember Dunn. Jackass leader Johnny Knoxville opened his heart on Twitter, saying: “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan , I love you buddy.” His other Jackass co-star Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna said in a Tweet: “I MISS YOU BUD!! You were always a happy kick-ass dude!!”

April Margera, mother of Bam, spoke with Radar Online about the loss, saying: ““I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn died … I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona but I cannot believe that his friend is dead – I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn had died … Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy – he was like my extra son, everybody loved him.”