TMZ Reports That ‘Jackass’ Star Ryan Dunn Has Died [UPDATE]

Bam Margera's Mother Reportedly Confirms the Death

Tragic news to pass along today. According to a new report from TMZ, one of the castmembers of the MTV and feature film series Jackass died in a car accident early this morning. Ryan Dunn, who was an original Jackass castmember, appearing in the TV series and films from the very beginning, was killed in a car crash that also took the life of another as-yet unidentifed person. TMZ has confirmed this news from April Margera (the mother of fellow Jackass castmember Bam Margera). Read on for all the known deets about this tragic accident.

“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania early this morning … TMZ has confirmed with Bam Margera’s mother. Dunn and an unidentified person both died in the crash which happened around 3 a.m. at Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. Story developing …

Wow … this is very sad news. Ryan just celebrated his 34th birthday on June 11 … far too young to be taken in an accident like this. I’m sure more details will be released concerning this car accident but let’s send our love and deepest condolences to Ryan‘s family today.

UPDATE: TMZ has updated their site with more information … and it’s not a pleasant read :(

We’re told the car caught fire in the crash — and hours later, a tow truck was called to the scene to remove the charred wreckage. Just hours before his death, Dunn posted a photo on Twitter showing himself drinking with friends … “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn was the driver in this morning’s fatal crash … this according to cops who also say Dunn’s car was “fully engulfed in flames” when officials arrived to the scene. The West Goshen Township Police Department says officers found Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 “off the road and in the woods.” Both Dunn and his passenger “died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.” Cops will release more information on the passenger once officials can positively identify the body. Cops say “speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.” An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Tragic. Just … tragic :(

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  1. Nikita

    RIP Ryan Dunn. He was always my favourite Jackass castmember. Really cannot get my head around this :-(

  2. Oh man, how sad. After all the crazy/dangerous things he did during his lifetime…damn. ~RIP Ryan~

  3. Kattmow

    Cried my little heart out over this! He was just amazing :’( heart broken for sure :’( </3

  4. norma doss

    TTo die this young is so tragic…but if he died because he was drunk….that makes it even more so……tragic and needless……I hear he may have burned to death…….I pray this isn’t so…and I pray he was a christian…..

    • Lisa

      I don’t want to start anything, but what does it matter if he was a christian? His life was cut short in a tragic accident, no need to be fretting over his religious beliefs

    • Cassie

      She is just saying that she hopes he will be going to heaven. You are trying to make a big deal out of it… or you would not have even mentioned it.

    • Shannon

      Norma,
      It was very sad to say, but yes the car did catch on fire. It was a very horrible scene. I am local to the area, and used to see Ryan (and the rest of the cast) at the bars in West Chester on a regular basis. My husband was working last night as an EMT and heard the whole thing. They do believe they died on impact, and not the fire.
      Also, please don’t bring religious views into this. It is not needed for this blog. It’s tragic enough what happened, rather than worry about his religion.

  5. remym

    he used to come into my store when i worked at gamestop all the time….he was always so cool and nice. so sad.

  6. He was always my favorite cast memeber too!! I used to have the biggest crush on him. What a tragedy!!

  7. hayley bliss morales

    Ryan Dunn you were a really funny and amazing guy I loved all of the jackass movies. I’m so sorry to the Dunn family you will be missed.

  8. Joanna

    This just sux :( He was one of my favorite cast members. I loved him much more in Bam’s show than in Jackass. He will be greatly missed!

  9. Hollowiik

    R.I.P Ryan… You was my IDOL ! =((

  10. Amy Schoolcraft

    This is a very sad day, Ryan was always amazing at everything he had done. RIP RYAN DUNN

  11. Clara Murphy

    God bless Ryan Dunn he was my fravorite craziest mother fucker on t.v. Wish I’ve got to meet him. I <3 u Ryan Dunn

  12. Asher

    So sad :(

  13. Jess

    I’m so sad by this news =[ I loved him from the very first CKY videos when I was 13! So tragic anyway, but to involve alcohol too

  14. Flavo

    I found out about this like 10 minutes ago and i just can’t describe how sad this is. i mean i dont know if i should put on the old jackasses and cry or what. I LOVED him seriously. it crazy cause you know, i never met him, but he was one of my favorites and will truely be missed. R.I.P Ryan Dunn

  15. apriljan

    Oh no. This isn’t possible. Ryan Dunn and the Jackass crew somehow eluded death all the time. He seemed invincible. Rest in Peace.. like everyone else, you were my favorite too.

  16. Ugh..I can’t believe how sad this had made me..My son and I were watching Jackass 3.5 this weekend and were cracking up! We talked about how much lighter 3D/3.5 was and how much fun they all must have had shooting..I just hope he wasn’t drunk because the passenger died, too..It’s sad no matter what, but I think I’ll have less sympathy for him if alcohol was involved.. :( I’m sure the Jackass guys are heartbroken..

  17. Biddy

    Peace out Ryan Dunn, do some crazy stunts in heaven for me haha u will be missed by many.

  18. Amanda

    Although it is sad that he killed himself and his friend, I would hardly call it a tragedy. He was drunk driving and was speeding. A risky choice he made. A tragedy would be him getting him by a train at an unmarked train crossing or something. Drunk driving? No.

    • k

      While I’m trying not to rush to judgment (it’s *possible* he had only the one drink shown in the picture and was not driving drunk), if he were driving drunk I agree with you. In that case, the tragedy would have been if he hurt or killed someone in another car. Still, it’s sad that he and his friend died, and even sadder if he made a choice (to drink and/or to speed excessively) that led to this.

  19. Ama

    A Death, no matter how it came to be, is a tragic event. The families and friends of the individuals who passed away will be mourning, they lost an important person in their life-this time at a young age. I do believe it still is a tragic event, as many are mourning the loss of the lives of these two people.

    If alcohol is indeed involved it is sad, sad that a substance was an aid in the death of these two people. It can also serve as a reminder to people that even if they ‘just had a little bit’ they shouldn’t drive and that while it is okay to have fun and enjoy life it’s important to be mindful of everything and not just ‘live for the moment’. That being said, I don’t think these deaths should be brushed aside just because alcohol may have been involved.

    This is tragic news. My heart dropped while hearing of this-Ryan Dunn was one of my favorite guys from ‘Jackass’. He seemed to be such a good person, I give his and the other person’s family and friends my condolences. I was just a fan and it broke my heart, I can hardly imagine how the families and friends of these two people are feeling.

  20. Cheryl

    It states that he showed a picture of himself with a drink hours before. That doesn’t mean he was drinking and driving. I will have one drink while out with friends and stop drinking for 2-3 hours to sober up. A lot of people do that.

    Don’t assume he was drunk just yet. He was driving a Porsche. He may have been just driving like an asshole.

  21. AmandaMarie

    As it’s becoming more apparent that alcohol was a contributing factor… You can lose the word accident from it. Drunk driving isn’t an accident and it’s 100 percent preventable. If it’s true he was drunk, it’s a pathetic way to be so careless with his life. Aside from that he was playing stupid with the speeds he was going at. That said, I hope he didn’t feel his death. I would never wish this upon anyone. I can not imagine what his family is feeling right now. I pray they find peace. I hope this becomes an awakening for drunk driving. He was too young. It’s sad.

  22. Brittany Pendergrass

    Ryan You Will Be Missed, Your Really Funny on Jack Ass You Were Actually MY Favorite~! Along With Stevo

  23. michael80

    Damn so shity I just lost my aunt and now ryan dunn :/ ahh rip ryan dunn. Whatever u did u dunn it right :(

  24. Brandy Ray

    R.I.P. Dunn
    Terrible news to find on here today.
    May he soar with the angels now.

  25. norma

    I was just hoping that since his life here on earth was cut short…..I would hope he’s made it to heaven….and why can’t I be free to express my comments like everyone else?…..I too am sad he died…. i just hope he made it to heaven…..why should that upset anybody?

    • Yepyep

      Because you worded your original post in a way that seemed very religiously discriminatory.

      You could’ve just said you hoped he went to heaven and left it at that. It was the “I pray he was christian” that was just so presumptuous and unnecessary.

      You do realize there are other religions that have a “heaven” concept too, not just christians? I’m sure ALL of us just hope he’s in a better place now… regardless of what he may have or may not have practiced while living.

      R.I.P Dunn…

  26. Carley

    Honestly, it is tragic that this happened and he may have been drunk driving, but people make mistakes all of the time. And to add insult to injury is just low. He made a mistake that had a tragic ending, so instead of just bashing him, send your condolences to the families affected.

  27. meeeee

    he isnt dead he would pull a prank like that soo just think a week from now hell pop out

  28. nick

    this is so f.cking sadd R>I>P ryan the biggest jackass fan from netherlands

  29. Cakey

    I just hope he and the passenger didn’t suffer a horrific death due to the car becoming engulfed in flames on impact, it’s an awful thought to think of and I hope their passing was instant.

    While I don’t approve of his actions for driving at such a lethal speed that could have put more than just two people in danger, and IF alcohol did take part in this tragedy, I hope him and the passenger rest in peace. Nobody deserves to die this way.

  30. SuzieB

    So so sad. He was my fave one also. Regardless of if he drank & drove, doesn’t change the fact that he’s gone way too soon. RIP Ryan Dunn.

  31. shyla

    <3 R.I.P Ryan Dunn! You Will Always Be My Favorite Jackass! Random-Hero Forever! <3<3<3<3<3

  32. daniel simpson

    Ryan we will al miss you very much I was a big fan. You were a big impact on my life I would watch cky and jackass and you were the funniest. Man I and truly gonna miss you there’s no one that can ever replace you. I will always hold a peace of you in my heart.. you gave me laughter as well as happyness. I think I speak for everyone whe I say. You will never be forgotten.

  33. CHASE

    It’s turning out to be fake…? There’s reports saying it’s fake.

  34. Kate

    Rest In Peace, Ryan. You were obviously very much loved. Hopefully others will take from this that it is never OK to drink and drive…that deaths like his and the individual riding with him were preventable. My condolences go out to his loved ones and the entire Jackass crew!

    “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

  35. I

    I can’t even describe how sad I am about loosing Ryan to such a horrible death. I am also outraged at alot of the responses about him driving drunk. Everyone makes mistakes in life his just killed himself and another which should not be takin lightly. But the guy has not even been dead a day yet and we dont know the autopsy report yet and to make assumptions about a dead man is horrible. Have some respect and show your respect to the families and loved ones. All the negative response bring people down and that’s the last thing any person mourning need. All in all Ryan RIP and hopefully your family and friends are not hurt from these horrible comments I read about you.

  36. I

    I can’t even describe how sad I am about loosing Ryan to such a horrible death. I am also outraged at alot of the responses about him driving drunk. Everyone makes mistakes in life his just killed himself and another which should not be takin lightly. But the guy has not even been dead a day yet and we dont know the autopsy report yet and to make assumptions about a dead man is horrible. Have some respect and show your respect to the families and loved ones. All the negative response bring people down and that’s the last thing any person mourning need. All in all Ryan RIP and hopefully your family and friends are not hurt from these horrible comments I read about you.

  37. I

    My name didnt come up? With my post above. Weird…

  38. Gee

    To the poster/s who mentioned him driving at “dangerous speeds” I suggest you read more clearly. “Cops saying speeding MAY have been a factor”.

  39. Letty

    Ryan Dunn, made many of us laugh and allowed us for a moment to forget our problems at least for me, I think we owe him the respect just like we would want it for each of us to give his entire family/jackass family their time to mourn… We are all human, we make mistakes but that does not give you the right to point fingers…. I personally thank you for the laughs you gave me… You will be missed… RIP RYAN

  40. Pemma44

    All this finger pointing is disgusting. I can only say I agree with this opinion piece I found:

    Who are the Real Jackasses
    http://bandbpoliticos.blogspot.com

  41. Lisa

    Such a terrible tragedy. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him. Also to the family and friends of Zack who died with him. May you find comfort in your happy memories.

  42. Sticky

    Poor Ryan :( that’s so tragic D: I wish he was still here with us! RIP RYAN DUNN ;,( always in my heart

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