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“Buckwild” star Shain Gandee was remembered Sunday in a funeral at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in West Virginia, and fans, family members, and his castmates paid appropriate tribute to the 21-year-old free spirit by donning camouflage and neon-coloured “Gandee Candy” T-shirts.
According to the Charleston Daily Mail, hundreds showed up to pay their respects to Gandee, whose body was one of three found inside a vehicle on April 1. Inside the Auditorium, Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive” played over speakers as a photo slideshow displayed images from Gandee’s life, and his mother, Loretta, sang “I Keep Praying” in his honour. Gandee’s flower-covered coffin lay next to that of his uncle, David Gandee, who died along with him and friend Donald Robert Myers in Shain’s Ford Bronco.
Gandee’s family had asked mourners to wear camouflage to the funeral, and several large trucks and SUVs, some covered in mud, filled the Auditorium parking lot. Following the service, Gandee was laid to rest in a private burial at the nearby Thaxton Cemetary. Cameras were not allowed at either event.
The Daily Mail reported that the companies that produce “Buckwild” — Parallel Entertainment and Zoo Productions — planned to pay for funeral costs for Gandee. Production on the second season of the show had begun, but Parallel told the paper that they were not shooting at the time of Gandee’s accident, and filming on the show has since been haulted.
Last week, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office announced partial findings from autopsies performed on Gandee, his uncle and Myers. According to the Sheriff’s office, the manner of death was “accidental,” and “the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning for all here subjects.” Though final results of the autopsies are still pending, early indications were that Gandee and his passengers had been overcome by carbon monoxide inside the vehicle, after its muffler became completely submerged in mud.
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