‘Seriously, if you find out that I died tomorrow, I’m fine. Do not be sad for me, ’cause I’m not sad. I died with a smile on my face.’ — Ryan Dunn
This quote from Ryan Dunn was recalled by friend and Jackass producer Knate Gwaltney in his blog entry about the late Jackass star days following his death. The blog also features entries from friends like Jackass co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O as a way to remember happier times with their late pal. At the top of the blog is the tribute video, first featured at the memorial gathering at the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles June 29.
“He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him,” said Johnny in his Dickhouse.tv blog entry. In it, he mentioned trying to convey his feelings about Ryan that he couldn’t seem to muster when speaking at his memorial in West Chester, Pennsylvania June 22. The memorial was the first of many tributes to Ryan, who died in a car crash June 20 along with friend, Zachary Hartwell.
Friends gathered again June 29 — this time in Los Angeles — at the Paramount Pictures lot, to mourn the loss of their friend. But it wasn’t all crying and tears for the 75 attendees when the tribute video was shown of the late Jackass star. The video featured some of the daredevil’s most laughable moments from the hit show and spin-off movies.
The second part of the video includes a song that Johnny Knoxville’s cousin, Roger Alan Wade, wrote specially for Ryan called “The Light Outlives the Star.”
“Ryan was really crazy about my cousin Roger,” said Johnny. “He loved his music and really looked up to him. Rog’ was equally as crazy about Ryan and, like everyone else, was shook by his passing.”