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Ryan Dunn, know for his fearless and funny stunts on MTV's Jackass, died early Monday morning in a car crash in Pennsylvania. He was 34.
The mother of fellow Jackass star Bam Margera first broke the news to Philadelphia rock station WMMR 93.3. Police have confirmed to Radar Online that the accident occurred at around 2:38 a.m. on Route 322 in West Goshen Township, Pa, and Dunn and a second unidentified person in the car were killed. While it has not been confirmed who was driving at the time of the wreck, authorities believe that it was Dunn, and the car was his Porsche 911.
Just hours before his death, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself hanging out with friends at a Philadelphia-area bar. He had a beer and cigarette in hand. A friend tells TMZ that Dunn had three beers and three "girly shots" over a four-hour period, but was "not too drunk to drive."
West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll, meanwhile, tells Radar that a "preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident."
Photos of the charred remains of the car were posted to Twitter, apparently by the towing company, but then were taken down. The photos have since been uploaded to Flickr, where the damage to the car is clearly visible. According to reports, the Porsche crashed through the guardrail and plummeted into the woods before bursting into flames.
The investigation is ongoing, and the identity of the other passenger in the car will be released following the autopsy.
Dunn participated in all of the Jackass movies with the same merry band of prankster stuntsmen. Dunn also appeared in MTV's Home Wrecker and in films such as Haggard and A Halfway House Christmas.
Fans and friends are leaving condolence messages on Dunn's Facebook page. Jackass crony Johnny Knoxville took to his Twitter account to pay his respects. "Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn," Knoxville wrote. "My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie."