Both MTV and the community of Sissonville, West Virginia are still reeling from the tragic and sudden death of Buckwild star Shain Gandee.
And in an effort to ease their heartache, the network is offering to help the Gandee family cope with the sudden loss by helping out financially, the reality star’s cousin tells Celebuzz.
“I have heard from the family that MTV would like to pay for the funeral services,” Ashley Gandee Lewis tells Celebuzz.
The relative says her cousin was last seen at 12.15 a.m. on Easter Sunday before he decided to “go mudding” in his truck with his uncle David Gandee and an unidentified male friend.
Suspicions were raised when Shain, 21, and his companions didn’t join the rest of his family for their traditional Easter service. Although reports claim Shain had been drinking late into the night at a local bar, Lewis says he was “not drunk.”
“I was told he was not drunk,” Lewis claimed, adding that Shain loved to go off-roading.
“That’s what Shain liked to do. And his uncle wanted to go with him because it was so late.”
The three men were found dead in the vehicle on Monday, but the Gandee family doesn’t believe foul play played any part in their passing.
“I spoke with the family and they feel in their hearts it was carbon monoxide,” added Lewis. “They were at peace to know he probably just fell asleep and he wasn’t hurt or in any pain. They believe he just fell asleep and didn’t wake up.
“We are under the impression that the truck got stuck and they thought they would just rest until daybreak and they left the truck running to stay warm.”
Although a rep for MTV would not comment on any monetary contribution the network may be making toward any plans to lay Gandee to rest, following the incident MTV released this statement:
“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. 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.”
According to Lewis, her family has not contacted MTV for any financial assistance, but the support of Shain’s fans has been overwhelming, with several well-wishers making donations today.
“A couple hours ago I had $500 deposited in the account,” Lewis said. “It may not seem like much, but 20 people donating is amazing and I foresee it growing rapidly.”
“It is our duty to help and to show how much he was loved and appreciated. There are two other families who need help and all donations will go to funeral costs.”
The family has tentatively scheduled funeral services for April 6.
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