"Jackass" Star Ryan Dunn Dead in Fiery Car Crash

By Kenneth Garger 06/20/11
Self-tweeted photo at bar suggests Dunn (left) was, as his buddies said, "wasted."
Dunn (left) tweeted this bar shot hours before his death. Metronews

Actor Ryan Dunn, the star who appeared in the high-grossing, low-budget Jackass TV and film franchise of gross-out humor, died in fiery car wreck early Monday morning in West Goshen, Pa. The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 flew over a guardrail and into a wooded area, where it eventually struck a tree and burst into flames. TMZ was among the first media outlets to report that Dunn was the driver of the vehicle and that a passenger, who has yet to be identifed, was also killed.

Dunn was last spotted at Barnaby's of America, a bar in nearby West Chester, Pa. Dunn was said to have consumed three Miller Lites and three “girly shots” within a four-hour time frame, according to TMZ. While at the bar, Dunn posted a photo to his twitter account for his 70,000-plus followers of himself drinking with two other male companions—apparently just hours prior to his explosive death. Although the photo has since been yanked, you can still find it on TMZ.

So far, reports regarding Dunn’s state of inebriation have been contradictory. Barnaby’s manager predictably told NBC Philadelphia that “Ryan didn't appear drunk before he left." Another source from inside the bar told TMZ that Dunn was "wasted"—and "had a lot to drink."

The 34-year-old Dunn got rich and famous less from acting than for performing outlandishly pointless acts of the frat-boy-humor genre, alongside his Jackass co-stars Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville. The stunt in which he stuck a toy care up his rectum and then went to an emergency room for medical care, which included an X-ray, may have been his most memorable moment on film; Jackass fans rushed to buy—and actually wear—T-shirts with the toy-car-in-rectum X-ray stenciled on it.

While many of his Jackass antics were truly dubious, his final act of what was, most likely, driving under the influence, will be attached to his name forever.

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