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'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn died from crash's impact, fire

Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of the MTV daredevil reality show "Jackass," died in the early hours of June 20, 2011 at age 34 in a car crash in Pennsylvania. Dunn was drunk and his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his Porsche in an accident that killed himself and a passenger. A West Goshen Police statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, June 22, said that Dunn's blood alcohol content was .196, according to the Chester County Coroner's Office. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08. The police also said an initial investigation of the crash showed that Dunn's vehicle was traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The official cause of death for the 34-year-old star of MTV's daredevil reality show and the other man, Zachary Hartwell, was determined to be blunt force trauma and thermal trauma, according to the Daily Local News. No other "drugs of abuse" were found in Dunn's system, police said, adding that the actor possessed a valid driver's license. Dunn's death was mourned by fans and his "Jackass" colleagues and friends, including Bam Margera, who broke down in tears on Tuesday as he visited the site of the accident. Film critic Roger Ebert later stirred anger after saying on his Twitter page that "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." He said on Tuesday he did not mean to insult Dunn and that his Tweet was "not intended as cruel." Dunn had posted a photo of himself and two other men holding what appear to be alcoholic drinks on his Tumblr page hours before the crash. The picture has since been removed. West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said Dunn was at the restaurant Barnaby's of America in West Chester shortly before the crash occurred, the Daily Local News said, adding that the establishment, which contains a bar, has not commented. Dunn, who celebrated his 34th birthday on June 11, appeared on "Jackass" the series between 2000 and 2002 as well as in "Jackass" films such as "Jackass 3D." His daredevil stunts included shoving a toy car into his rectum - as seen in the first Jackass movie in 2002. Dunn also took part in spinoff shows such as "Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy's Union." His new series, "Proving Ground," began airing on the cable network G4 on June 14. After his death, the channel pulled the show from its schedule indefinitely. Ebert, who turned 69 on June 18, is a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He launched a reboot of his famed "At The Movies" television series earlier this year. Ebert communicates mostly through a computer, as he lost the ability to speak due to reconstructive surgeries for thyroid cancer. Since 2006, Ebert has continued to review films and post messages on his Twitter account, which is followed by more than 472,000 people. (Pictured: Ryan Dunn appears in the G4 series 'Proving Ground.') (G4 / NBC Universal)

June 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn and his passenger died from the impact of the violent car crash and the resulting fire, according to a coroner's report released Tuesday.

The Chester County coroner listed blunt force trauma and thermal trauma as the official causes of death for both men. Toxicology results will take four to six weeks to complete, coroner's office spokeswoman Patty Emmons said.

The 34-year-old daredevil and his passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell, died early Monday, shortly after leaving a pub in the Philadelphia suburb of West Chester. The men were in Dunn's 2007 Porsche when it careened off the road, flipped over a guardrail and crashed into the woods before bursting into flames.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, but police say speed may have been a factor. A preliminary examination of the crash site suggested that Dunn's Porsche might have been traveling more than 100 mph in the 55 mph zone.

A few hours before the 3 a.m. crash, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking with Hartwell and another friend, but the photo has since been removed.

Dunn appeared on MTV shows "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam" and the three "Jackass" big-screen adaptations. Hartwell was credited as a production assistant for "Jackass Number Two."

His longtime friend and fellow "Jackass" daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted on Monday afternoon, "Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy."

Stephen "Steve-O" Glover tweeted, "I don't know what to say, except I love Ryan Dunn and I'm really going to miss him." Glover also canceled six upcoming stand-up comedy shows in Sacramento, Calif.

Meanwhile, movie critic Roger Ebert is responding to criticism over his controversial Twitter message regarding Dunn's death. Referring to the photo of Dunn drinking with friends just hours before the accident, Ebert tweeted: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

The tweet prompted a landslide of Twitter messages and Facebook posts, some profane, criticizing Ebert.

"Jackass" co-star Bam Margera fired back on Twitter, saying Ebert's response to the tragedy was insensitive. "I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day," he said in a pair of angry, obscene messages.

Ebert later wrote in a Tuesday blog post, that he didn't mean to be cruel and "was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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