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'Buckwild' star Shain Gandee found dead

  • The 21-year-old reality star was one of three found dead in a vehicle
  • Gandee had been reported missing since Sunday
'Buckwild' star Shain Gandee found dead

Shain Gandee, the star of MTV's reality show "Buckwild," was one of three people found dead in a vehicle Monday morning.

The body of the 21-year-old reality star, along with two other bodies -- David Gandee, who was Shain's uncle, and Donald Robert Myers -- was found in a truck in Sissonville, West Virginia.

One of Shain Gandee’s friends who was searching the trails and ridges for the missing group, found the vehicle and bodies. Authorities said the vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud. 

“This is a very sad and tragic event," Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper told HLN. "We live in a very small community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gandee family." Carper added that full details regarding the deaths would be released at a later time.  

Gandee had been reported missing since Sunday and was reportedly last seen at a bar in Sissonville.

MTV released a statement to HLN about the unexpected deaths: “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”

Gandee was a cast member on "Buckwild" and quickly became the breakout star as the sociable and popular garbage man.

The reality show, which was billed as the "Jersey Shore" for West Virginia, came under heavy criticism for its less-than-stellar portrayal of the state's citizens. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin spoke out against the series, calling it "ugly" and filled with "inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."

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