Jackass star killed in Porsche fireball
Colleagues and TV chiefs have paid tribute to Jackass daredevil Ryan Dunn, who perished in a fireball car crash.
Dunn (34), famous for his vulgar stunts in the multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was driving his 2007 Porsche in suburban Philadelphia early yesterday when it left the road and crashed into woods before bursting into flames.
Passenger Zachary Hartwell (30), was also killed, and speed may have been a factor, police said.
The force of the impact shattered the vehicle into several twisted and blackened pieces, leaving the Porsche 911 GT3 unrecognisable except for a door that was thrown from the crash.
A 100ft tyre skid marked where the car left the road. Police said they identified Dunn through his tattoos and hair.
Dunn appeared on MTV shows Jackass and Viva La Bam and the three Jackass big-screen adaptations. He also was the star of his own MTV show, Homewrecker, and hosted Proving Ground on the G4 cable network.
Dunn's long-time friend and fellow Jackass daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted last night: "I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy."
Dunn also starred in the yet-to-be-released film Living Will. The film's website describes Dunn's character as a "party bum slacker (who) returns from the dead as a mischievous and perverted ghost".
MTV praised Dunn's tireless humour and enthusiasm and said he would be missed.
"We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn -- a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade," said Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music and Films Group. "The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same."
Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met Bam Margera on his first day of high school, according to a biography on his website.
Dunn, Margera, Christopher Raab (known as Raab Himself) and Brandon DiCamillo, under the moniker CKY for "Camp Kill Yourself", started making videos that featured them skateboarding and performing stunts.
Dunn was a welder and petrol station worker when Knoxville, a friend of Margera's through the skateboarding circuit, asked the crew to allow their videos to be part of Jackass, which became a hit on MTV from 2000 to 2002.
Perhaps his most famous stunt, in 2002's Jackass: The Movie, involved inserting a toy car into his bottom and going to a hospital casualty unit, where he made up a story that he was in mysterious pain after passing out at a fraternity party.
Dunn's X-ray from the hospital became a popular T-shirt for Jackass fans.
In a 2000 stunt, he dived into a tank at a raw sewage plant wearing flippers, a mask and a snorkel.
A few hours before the 3am crash, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking with two friends.