WEST CHESTER, Pa. — “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn and his passenger died as a result of a violent 130 mph crash and resulting fire, according to reports released Tuesday.
The Chester County Coroner’s office listed blunt and thermal trauma as the cause of death for both men. Toxicology results will take four to six weeks to complete, according to coroner’s office spokeswoman Patty Emmons.
The 34-year-old Dunn and his 30-year-old passenger, Zachary Hartwell, died early Monday, after leaving a pub in West Chester.
Emerging pictures of Dunn’s final night indicate he was in good spirits hours before the high speed crash.
Dunn was enjoying a night out with friends at Barnaby’s of America bar, where sources told TMZ he drank at least three light beers and three shots between the hours of 10.30pm and 2.10am.
Dunn and Hartwell died at 2:30 a.m. when Dunn lost control of his Porsche 911 GT3 while driving to his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania.
West Goshen police Chief Michael Carroll told reporters an accident reconstruction team determined Dunn’s car collided with a guardrail at 130 mph before crashing into a wooded ravine, striking a tree and bursting into flames.
Dunn’s brother, Eric Dunn, said in an emailed statement to the Associated Press that his family was “devastated.”
“We appreciate the support of Ryan’s fans during this time, and we are grateful for your thoughts and prayers,” he said. “Ryan will be greatly missed, but he will forever remain in our hearts.
Fans have already begun leaving flowers and took photos at the accident scene in West Chester, while many turned to Twitter and Facebook to express their grief over the sudden, tragic deaths.
Dunn’s long-time friend and fellow Jackass daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted last night: ‘Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.’
“Steve-O” tweeted, “I don’t know what to say, except I love Ryan Dunn, and I’m really going to
miss him.” Steve-O also canceled six upcoming stand-up comedy shows in Sacramento, Calif., and the venue said it was issuing ticketholders refunds.
Childhood friend and “Jackass” co-star, Bam Margera erupted after film critic Roger Ebert tweeted. “friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” In retaliation, Margera fired back, “About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, fuck you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat fucking mouth!”
“I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of shit roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents”
Ebert responded Tuesday that he didn’t mean to be cruel and was “probably too quick to tweet” after the crash.
The G4 Network announced Monday that it would stop airing Dunn’s new television series, “Proving Ground” in the wake of his death.
Funeral arrangements for Dunn have not been announced.Tags: Autopsy, Pa., ryan dunn, West Chester, `Jackass’ Star’s High Speed Death