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'Jackass' star Dunn dies in car crash

6/20/2011
From left: Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Dunn, Dave England and Bam Margera of "Jackass" reenact scenes from 'The Social Network.' Getty Images

Ryan Dunn, a founding member of the "Jackass" crew, and star of their three films and MTV shows, died in a car crash early Monday morning. He was 34.

The crash occurred around 2:38 a.m. ET in the Pennsylvania community of West Goshen Township, according to local police who said in an official statement that they arrived on the scene to find a car engulfed in flames. The statement confirms that Dunn was driving and that a passenger who remains unidentified also died in the crash. Speed may have been a factor.

TMZ.com, which first reported the crash, referenced images of Dunn posted to Twitter several hours before the crash, in which he was drinking alcohol.

In addition to starring in "Jackass," Dunn also appeared in spin-off series including "Viva La Bam," "Bam's Unholy Union," and "Bam's World Domination."

Most recently he was starring as the co-host of "Proving Ground," a new series on the G4 Network that premiered last Tuesday. Dunn also had at least a dozen acting roles, including a co-starring role in the 2009 film "Street Dreams," written by skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, alongside Paul Rodriguez, Dyrdek, Terry Kennedy, and Ryan Sheckler. He has roles in two upcoming films currently in post-production: "Booted" and "Welcome to the Bates Motel."

MTV posted to Twitter Monday morning: "We're deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.