When Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a fiery auto crash in Pennsylvania on June 19, his best friend and co-star Bam Margera was halfway across the country in Arizona. Even seperated by so many miles, however, Bam Margera says he had a premonition of Ryan Dunn’s death.
“At 12:30 [local time], I just started punching out the windows of the rental van and ripping out the speakers, and I don’t even know why,” Margera told Fox affiliate WTXF. “I wasn’t mad at anything or anybody. If it was 12:30 there [Arizona time], that meants it was exactly when he crashed.”
Ryan Dunn died in a horrific car accident in the early hours of June 19 after his 2007 Porche ran off the road in West Goshen, Pennsylvania and burst into flames after crashing into the woods. Dunn and an unidentified passenger were killed in the fiery crash. According to the coroner’s report, it was impossible to determine whether they died from the impact of the crash or from the resulting fire. The flames were so intense that Dunn was only able to be identified by his tattoos.
According to the West Goshen Police Department, “preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.” Ryan Dunn may have been driving at speeds exceeding 110 miles per hour before the crash.
Ryan Dunn reportedly had over 20 citations for driving violations, including speeding and careless driving. He was also arrested for DUI in 2005 but charges were later dropped. Dunn was photographed drinking with friends at a bar on the night of his death shortly before the crash. Toxicology tests on Ryan Dunn’s body will not be available for 4 to 6 weeks.
“I’ve never lost anybody that I care about,” Margera told WTXF. “He’s my best friend… He was the happiest person ever, the smartest person, with so much talent,” he added. “He had so many things going for him. It’s just not right, it’s not right.”
Jackass star Ryan Dunn died early Monday morning in a fiery car crash after a night out partying with friends at a bar. According to police, it appears Ryan Dunn may have been speeding when his car went off the road and crashed around 2:30am near West Goshen, Pennsylvania.
Ryan Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 was “fully engulfed in flames” when police arrived on the location of the crash. Both Dunn and a male passenger were dead at the scene. Dunn’s body was reportedly so badly burned that he was only able to be indentified by his tattoos. The passenger in the car has still not been identified.
According to TMZ.com, Ryan Dunn had spent around four hours at a bar partying with friends before leaving to drive home. According to witnesses, Dunn allegedly “had a lot to drink” while he was at the bar. Police have not said whether they suspect alcohol might have been a factor in the crash, but do believe he may have been traveling at a high.
Shortly before his death, Ryan Dunn tweeted a photo of himself hanging out with his friends at the bar andÂ drinking a beer. The photo has since been removed from his Twitter feed.
Jackass co-star Johnny Knoxville posted a message on his Twitter feed saying: “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.” Dunn starred in the Jackass MTV series and in all three Jackass movies. Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuna also Tweeted his grief over losing Dunn, saying: â€œI MISS YOU BUD!! You were always a happy kick-ass dude!!â€
â€œWe are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade,â€ MTV president Van Toffler said. â€œHe made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends.â€
Not everyone was so kind with their responses to Ryan Dunn’s death, however. Movie critic Roger Ebert rather rudely Tweeted to his followers: “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.”