Lifestyle & Belief

MTV 'Buckwild' star Shain Gandee found dead at 21


The MTV logo is seen on stage during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Frederick M. Brown

Some sad news for fans of MTV's controversial reality show "Buckwild."

The show's 21-year-old star Shain Gandee was found dead on Monday.

Gandee's body was discovered alongside the body of his uncle, David Gandee, and a third unidentified person in the reality star's car in West Virginia.

Dispatchers discovered the body around 11:30 a.m. after following a lead about the missing vehicle. The MTV star's Ford Bronco was found about a mile up a secluded dirt road, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

The group, who told friends they were going four-wheeling the night before, had been reported missing.

"Buckwild" is a reality show set in a poor West Virginia town about a group of college aged friends who party together. They frequently take off their clothes for the camera.

A number of the stars have previously had run-ins with the law.

Gandee's co-star Salwa Amin was arrested and sent to jail "for possession and intent to distribute heroin and OxyContin, while Michael Burford was arrested for a DUI," according to Yahoo News.

"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news... Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly," MTV said in a statement.