Shain Gandee, a 21-year-old cast member of the MTV reality show "BUCKWILD," was found dead in a vehicle in his native West Virginia on Monday, April 1, 2013.
He and his 48-year-old uncle, David Gandee, were reported missing overnight for 31 hours and were last seen at a bar in the town of Sissonville around 3 a.m. They said they were going four-wheeling in Shain's 1984 Ford Bronco, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said. They did not reveal their destination.
The bodies of both men and a third person -- later identified as family friend Robert Myers, 27, were found in a vehicle on a rural road in the Sissonville area, local ABC affiliate WCHS reported, quoting Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper. The cause of their deaths was not revealed. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said before the bodies were discovered that no foul play was suspected at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
MTV News quoted Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Corporal Brian Humphreys as saying that the vehicle was located in an area that is very remote and inaccessible by police vehicles, which prompted investigators to use ATV's to gain access to the site. He added that there did not appear to be signs of any other vehicles in the area.
Reactions from MTV, network stars
On "Buckwild," which was recently renewed for a second season, Shain was known by the nickname "Gandee Candy."
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee and those involved in this tragic incident," MTV said in a statement to OTRC.com. "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."
The official MTV Twitter account also released the message: "#PrayForGandeeFamily," after the hashtagged phrase become a trending topic on the social media website on Monday.
Other MTV actors and alums also Tweeted messages to express their condolences.
- "Buckwild" star Michael Burford, aka Bluefoot: "My hearts in a million god damn pieces you son of a b----es wanna make smart a-- remarks. I love you Shain idk what I'm gonna do w.o. ya bro. Rest high on that mountain Shain I love you brother and miss you terribly already all I can think about is growin up thaxton holler together"
DJ Pauly D of "Jersey Shore": "Damn RIP Shain From @MTV Buckwild ,, Too Young To Die !!! He Was A Funny Dude."
Deena Cortese of "Jersey Shore": "My thoughts n prayers go out to the cast of #Buckwild and Shains friends n fam..I send my condolences #PrayForGandeeFamily."
Kailyn Lowry of "Teen Mom 2": "I send my condolences to all of Shain's friends and family. #RestinParadise."
Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills": "Wow I am so sad to hear abt Shain from Buck wild. Sending out love and prayers to his family +friends. Way too tragic."