Ryan Dunn, co-star of MTV comedies Jackass and Viva La Bam, died in a fatal car wreck early Monday morning.
TMZ reports that Dunn and an unidentified passenger were headed down Route 322 around 3am in West Goshen Township, PA when his Porsche 911 GT3 crashed and caught fire. Authorities said the car was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene.
April Margera, mother of Jackass and Viva La Bam co-star Bam Margera, confirmed the unfortunate news to WMMR 93.3’s Preston and Steve morning radio show, she also told Radar Online that she, “felt as if she lost her own son.” Dunn just turned 34 years old on June 11th.
Dunn may be best known for the stunts he performed on the long-running Jackass and Viva La Bam comedies, including the infamous car toy segment that he partook in during the first Jackass film. In addition Dunn appeared in numerous films including all 3 wildly popular movie versions of the Jackass series, and TV shows, he also hosted an MTV spinoff show in 2005 called Homewrecker and most recently G4TV’s Proving Ground. Our condolences to Dunn’s family and friends.
The timing of this is pretty eerie as well since, in an interview with Pitchfork that ran today, Louis C.K. discussed the virtues about the comedy of Jackass.
Pitchfork: Most of the time you’re able to turn that back in on yourself so that you become the punchline, too.
C.K.: Definitely. If you’re using dangerous words, as long as you’re turning the gun on yourself, nobody cares. The Jackass movies are honestly some of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I laugh so hard at them. Those guys are geniuses. If they had grown up with a different group of people, they could’ve been performance artists at Bard College, and people would be writing papers about them. There’s a real beauty in it, and there’s a release to watching those movies. But it’s because they’re doing things to each other as friends. If they were going around and hitting old ladies in the head, it would be horrible. What if Hitler had won the whole thing and we were all living in Nazi earth? There would probably be a version of Jackass where they’re doing that shit to Jews. That would be funny to Hitler, but it wouldn’t be funny to me– not because it’s anti-Semitic but because it’s just not good comedy. But I don’t think I should always humiliate myself on stage, I just find a laugh at the end of that rope a lot.
UPDATES: Dunn’s close friend Bam Margera has yet to release a statement. Just a few moments ago Jackassworld.com has updated their site with this statement:
I don’t really know what to say right now everybody because the sadness is overwhelming, but today we lost one of our own. Our brother Ryan Dunn has passed. He died in a car wreck in West Goshen, Pennsylvania this morning at 3am. Goddamn that’s tough to write.
As we get more info we will let you know, but right now our hearts go out to his family and to his beloved Angie. Ryan will be missed and remembered by us all. Thanks for the kind words of support everybody.
Sincerely and Love,
Knoxville,Tremaine, and the entire Jackass Family
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