The bodies of Shain, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and his friend Robert Myers, 27, were found dead in a vehicle in Sissonville, West Virginia on Monday morning. The charismatic MTV reality star reportedly told friends he was going off-roading -- or “muddin’” -- which may have lead to the cause of death.
According to Corporal Brian Humphreys (via Buzzfeed), "The vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud. Mud was covering the lower part of the passenger side door of the vehicle, but the driver's side of the vehicle was above the mud. The muffler of the vehicle was completely below the surface of the mud."
2. Did Shain die muddin’?
MTV’s Buckwild introduced viewers to the backwoods ways of Shain and his friends, which included one of his favorite pastimes: muddin’. Driving through mud holes in West Virginia sounds harmless, but given the speed of the vehicle and depth of the mud hole, the activity could potentially turn deadly.
"The Bronco was found next to a ridge-top trail. That section of the trail itself was passable for four-wheel drive vehicles. However, the Bronco was in a mud pit next to the trail,” Corporal Humphreys continued, adding that Shain was driving and that the truck was later removed from the mud pit with a help of a bulldozer.
3. Will MTV cancel Buckwild?
Season 2 of the MTV hit was in production at the time of the deadly accident, calling into question whether or not the network will decide to continue filming or shut down production entirely. Shain was certainly one of the central figures of the series and arguably the fan-favorite. In light of his death, MTV has already halted production of Season 2, and while it has yet to be confirmed, cancellation is sure to follow. However, what MTV will do with the unaired footage of Shain has yet to be announced.
4. Shain’s family is struggling with funeral arrangements.
Shain’s family, the owners of Gandee Candy, are now left to pick up the pieces following the 21-year-old’s passing, including figuring out how they will afford a proper burial. Shain’s cousin, Ashley Gandee, tells TMZ that she is organizing an off-roading event in Shain’s honor to help raise funds to cover the expected funeral expenses.
"I know the strain they are going through," says Ashley. "It's hard to provide a proper burial. It's already tough with the loss of family members ... expenses are tough as well."
The event will take place this coming Wednesday in Proctorville, OH.
Our thoughts go out to Shain's family and friends at this difficult time.