Shain Gandee of the MTV show "BUCKWILD," his uncle and a friend died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, West Virginia authorities said on Tuesday, April 2, a day after the three were found dead in a truck after going off-roading.
They were last seen at a bar in the town of Sissonville on Saturday night and had driven away in the 21-year-old reality star's Ford Bronco, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office had stated. Shain and his uncle, David Gandee, 48, said they were going four-wheeling. They were reported missing for 31 hours. On Monday, police found the vehicle in a rural area, submerged partially in mud.
The bodies of Shain, his uncle and friend Donald Robert Myers, 27, were inside, authorities said on Tuesday, adding that the vehicle's muffler was filled with mud, which suggests gas may have entered the cabin.
Check out the full statement from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office:
- "The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office can now report partial findings from the autopsies of Shain Lelyn Gandee, David Dwight Gandee, and Donald Robert Myers. The manner of death is accidental and the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning for all three subjects."
"The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office can now release the names of all three deceased individuals inside the Ford Bronco recovered today in Sissonville: Shain Gandee, David Gandee (both previously identified), and Donald Robert Myers (27 years of age), all from the Sissonville area of Kanawha County, WV."
"The vehicle and bodies were found by one of Shain Gandee's friends who was searching the trails and ridges in the area for him and the others. The vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud. 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."
"The Bronco was found next to a ridge-top trail. That section of the trail itself was passable for four-wheel drive vehicles. However, the Bronco was in a mud pit next to the trail. That area is accessed by following the wooded trails for approximately one mile from Shain Gandee's residence, near Thaxton Hollow in Sissonville."
"Shain was seated in the driver's seat of the Bronco. The Bronco was removed from the mud pit by a bulldozer. Their bodies were removed from the vehicle and have been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death."
On "Buckwild," which was recently renewed for a second season, Shain was known by the nickname "Gandee Candy." Production on the show has been suspended indefinitely.
"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."