After the ‘Buckwilld’ star’s tragic death, his family is struggling to raise funds for his funeral — and are hosting an off-road trucking event to pay the bills. Read on for more details.
Shain Gandee tragically died at the age of 21 from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after his vehicle got stuck in the mud, but the star of MTV’s Buckwild wasn’t left with a lot of money from the hit reality show — and now, his family is struggling to raise funds to cover his funeral expenses.
Shain’s cousin Ashley Gandee is putting together a “mud-run,” or an off-road trucking event, in the reality star’s honor to raise money to help pay for his funeral, according to TMZ.
“I know the strain they are going through. It’s hard to provide a proper burial. It’s already tough with the loss of family members,” Ashley told TMZ. “Expenses are tough as well.”
Shain Gandee’s Memorial Fundraiser
The event is scheduled to take place about 50 miles from Charleston, West Virginia where Buckwild is filmed in the town of Proctorville, Ohio, and each vehicle will be charged $10 to participate. Ashley is also taking donations for her cousin’s funeral, TMZ is reporting.
Although the MTV series had previously been green-lighted for a second season — MTV has since halted production of season two after Shain’s death — it is unclear how much the cast earned from the first season of the show.
Shain Gandee’s Death: How ‘Buckwild’ Star Died
Shain was found dead in a ravine near his West Virginia home with his uncle David Gandee and a third unidentified person, reportedly due to carbon monoxide poisoning after the truck’s muffler got stuck submerged in mud.
“Shain Lelyn Gandee (21 years old) and David Dwight Gandee (48 years old) were deceased in the vehicle. The third person has not been positively identified. There was no sign of foul play. The causes of death are still under investigation and will likely be determined following an autopsy by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with Shain’s friends and family during this difficult time.
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— Christina Stiehl