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Shain Gandee, one of the stars of MTV’s “Buckwild,” has died. He was 21 years old.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to MTV News that Gandee’s body was discovered in a vehicle along with two others in Sissonville, West Virginia on Monday (April 1) morning. Gandee had been reported missing this weekend, having last been seen with his uncle David Gandee around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, when they told patrons at a bar that they were going off-roading in Shain’s Ford Bronco.
Police have identified a second body inside the vehicle as David Gandee’s, while a third victim remains unidentified. According to local reports, officers with the sheriff’s department were using all-terrain vehicles to access the area where the vehicle was discovered, roughly a mile up a dirt road near Wolf Pen Drive in Sissonville. Details of the cause of death were not known at press time, though authorities say foul play was not suspected.
Early Monday morning, one of Gandee’s “Buckwild” castmates, Cara Parrish, tweeted “It sure is hard to find someone when they take off if they don’t believe in cell phones,” and added the hashtag “#I’mGoingToPlantAGPSInShain.”
A spokesperson for MTV said in a 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.”
Shain Gandee was one of the most popular cast members on “Buckwild,” earning the nickname “Gandee Candy” for his wild stunts and sunny disposition. A second season of the show had recently been given the green light.
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