Monday, June 20, 2011

Heaven got a new Jackass today

Ryan Dunn, one of my favorite Jackasses, and fellow Ohioan moved to PA, passed away early Monday due to injuries sustained in a fatal car crash in which he was allegedly driving very fast (110 mph). During the crash, Dunn's 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 went off a road, crashed in to woods and caught fire. According to police, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township.

I've driven these roads before having worked in West Chester. Any of my fellow coworkers could tell you that I stink at navigating my way around Chester county, having been lost several times. I couldn't imagine going that fast on 322... scary shit. According to the West Goshen Township police report, Dunn's Porsche was "fully engulfed in flames" when officers responding to the report of an auto accident found it "off the road" and "in the woods".

A 30-year old passenger, who was later identified as Zachary Hartwell of West Chester, also died in the accident. Hartwell was working as a production assistant on the movie "Jackass Number Two". The accident left Dunn and Hartwell charred to ashes. Dunn, who was identified after the crash through his tattoos and facial hair, posted a photo on Twitter hours before his death in which he was drinking with his friends in a bar, TMZ reported. TMZ also reported that sources informed Dunn had drunk at least three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby's of America bar.

Dunn, who was born in Medina, Ohio, just a few miles west from where I grew up in Copley, moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in his early teens. Dunn was known for his dangerous antics and practical jokes in MTV's "Jackass" series and movies with his long-time friend Bam Margera. He got to fame while appearing in videos alongside his friends in the "Camp Kill Yourself"(CKY) Crew. The CKY videos caught the eye of Johnny Knoxville which helped bring him over to Jackass.

Dunn celebrated his 34th birthday last June 11, weeks before his fatal accident last night.

Jackass crew expressed their grief by issuing the following statement:

"I don't really know what to say right now everybody because the sadness is overwhelming, but today we lost one of our own. Our brother Ryan Dunn has passed. He died in a car wreck in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, this morning at 3:00am. Goddamn that's tough to write. As we get more info we will let you know, but right now our hearts go out to his family and to his beloved Angie. Ryan will be missed and remembered by us all. Thanks for the kind words of support everybody."

In a tweet, fellow prankster Johnny Knoxville said, "RIP Ryan, I love you buddy."

Dunn's fans also expressed their grief on, saying "We will never forget all the laughs you gave us" and "Rest in peace, bro. You're pranking God now, that lucky bastard."

In other news, Roger Ebert is a dick.

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