The show will not go on for the cast of Buckwild.
Following the unexpected death of Buckwild’s breakout star, Shain Gandee, 21, MTV has decided to pull the plug on the hit reality show
“After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of Buckwild in West Virginia,” an official statement from the network said. “We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.”
On April 1, the bodies of Shain Gandee, his uncle, David Gandee and friend, Donald Myers, were found dead in the star’s Ford Bronco following word that the trio planned to go four wheeling nearby. An autopsy report revealed that all three men died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“The vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud,” the Sheriff reported of Shain's truck. “Mud was covering the lower part of the passenger side door of the vehicle, but the driver’s side of the vehicle was above the mud. The muffler of the vehicle was completely below the surface of the mud.”
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To commemorate the rowdy star, MTV will run a special episode titled “BUCKWILD: WV to the NYC,” this Sunday, April 14, which was shot before production had begun on season two.
“With the support of [Shain]'s parents, Dale and Loretta Gandee, we will run the tribute following a day of programming dedicated to Shain in which we will air the entire first season of Buckwild,” MTV announced.
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Shain’s mother, Loretta, also spoke out to thank the network and fans for their support over the past couple of weeks.
“Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time for our family,” she said. “We have truly felt all the love and know that Shain is resting peacefully. Shain was an incredible, outgoing, and positive person who was loved by whoever he met. We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had. He was the best son anyone could ask for. As we look to honor him in our lives every day moving forward, we are happy to share some of his last moments doing what he loved best: having fun and making people laugh.”