If you didn't catch MTV's contested reality show, "Buckwild," when it premiered earlier this year, then you didn't know how adored Shain Gandee had become by the show's fans.
As news spread Monday of the 21-year-old's death, both MTV personalities and everyday viewers chimed in to remember the charismatic budding reality star.
Over the course of its 12-episode first season, "Buckwild's" viewers came to know Gandee as an ebullient young man, one whose "goofy smile and love for 'mudding,'" or off-roading, stood out among the show's nine-member cast, MTV says.
The TV series followed the group as they sought to entertain themselves in Sissonville, West Virginia, and Gandee quickly established himself as a favorite.
His nickname, "Gandee Candy," spoke to his social nature and charm, and better yet, he didn't appear to be playing up a character for the cameras. It may be called reality TV, but those who inhabit the medium are better known for "performing" rather than being true to life. Yet with Gandee, MTV notes, fans appreciated that he embraced who he was and "never [altered] his southern roots."
The 21-year-old, who was found dead along with two others in a vehicle that had been partially submerged in mud, was eager to work with his hands, according to a bio. Having held jobs in coal mining and as a garbage man, Gandee loved to go hunting, four-wheeling and "mudding'" in his free time.
Ahead of "Buckwild's" premiere at the start of January, Gandee told MTV that he was happy with where he was in life.
"Actually, my life's pretty fun," he said. "I don't want it to change."
The network renewed "Buckwild" for a second season in February, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, production has been suspended in light of Gandee's death. The network is said to be presently providing grief counseling for the cast, crew and family members involved.
As for "Buckwild's" future, THR says a decision probably won't be made for another few weeks. The series is produced by Parallel Entertainment along with Zoo Productions, and Parallel producer J.P. Williams told the magazine that they're "taking a few weeks to give the cast a chance to get a handle on this because they're devastated," and will later address "where do you go from here." Ultimately, Williams added, the decision of "Buckwild's" fate will be up to MTV.
The network didn't comment on the future of the show on Monday, but did express shock and sadness over Gandee's passing.
"Our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends," a statement from MTV said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."
Im pretty sure most folks are happy with life before dying...Im pretty sure dying sucks
Death and dying does suck, and that's not just my opinon - I'm speaking from personal experience.
most folks try too live as happy as they can before they die–its very important too have some sort of outlet in your life...
but good try
I am going to miss u so much shain u was so funny i still want the show to come on its nit going to be the some with out shain love u shain r.i.p y did this happen to u
I am going to miss u so much shain u was so funny i still want the show to come on its nit going to be the some with out shain love u shain r.i.p
please rest in peace...I cannot believe you got involved with that awful friend
i'm sorry you died this way
I mean may god be with u Gandee family and friends. I hope Shain rest high on tht mountain. :(!! R.I.P
I pray Shain Gandee lives with god and his family. May god be with the Gandee fr
I'll be sure to drink a few Keystone's and run a Prius off the road in your honor. RIP.
You're lying. You may have grown up in the same area this show was filmed, but really doubt you know or are related to any of the cast. And I'd bet my finest hunting dog you didnt talk to him the day before he died. Attention seekers lie too much
way too much going on here about this young man....get off the blogs for an hour please
DAZ RIGHT MAFALDA
I doubt you have a hunting dog
You're lting. You may have grown up in the same area this show was filmed, but really doubt you know or are related to any of the cast. And I'd bet my finest hunting dog you didnt talk to him the day before he died. Attention seekers lie too much
I always loved gandie he was always funny lovbel
sincerely, Raoul Walsh.
did you get t
Historians now agree that the south lost the civil war because generations of inbreeding resulted in an abnormally high number of mentally challenged soldiers in the confederate army. Also, physical deformaties such as webbed feet prevented the confederates from running from the northern army, thus insuring their capture and defeat. One has only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon line to see the descendants of the confederate forces, easily recognizable by their lack of teeth and sloping foreheads.
Your Gay :)
was that for me too see sweetie-saw it and yawned
HotRod... " your " should be " you're ". As in " you are ". " You're " obviously one of the inbreds I am speaking of. Now hop in " your " four wheeler and go to Chick-fil-A.
is some good eatin.' get the original sandwich with pickles and put mayonnaise on it - none of that miracle whip crap. jeebus, now i'm hungry...
...I've seen alot more fat, pasty mongoloids north of the Mason Dixon.
"You're" shouldn't be quoted, "of" should be "about", "in" should be "on". Ah, northern education. And too many donkey punches.
they all moved there from the South. You can tell by their (low IQ) southern accents.
...moving to the wasteland of the north. Check the census figures, mouth breather.
this is a terrible situation
He lived stupid, and he died stupid. How is that tragic? And he took two stupids with him. This was appropriate.
just received word at my hot rod
What is all this talk about who should get more sympathy/recognition for their death? It was just a show on cable television with a young man that died in a tragic accident why can it just be left at that.
RIP - you died so young.
its called RESPECT and a lot of you people need to learn it..if everyone was raised in the south
we would all be better off then we would all have RESPECT MORALS VALUES PRINCIPLES AND COMMON COURTESY
One of the bubbleheaded bimbos from Buckwild?
Respect requires thought. I never met anyone in the south capable of thought.
For those of you saying a soldiers life is more important than shains was i personally think
thats cold hearted he has a family and friends that are grieving for him right now and another thing
EVERY LIFE has value just because he wasn't a soldier doesn't mean he wasn't important to someone
(his family) being number 1 i just think you all should put yourself in his parents shoes and ask yourself if you
would someone saying something like that about your child...RIPSHAIN
One of the bubbleheaded hillybilly bimbos from Buckwild?
Everyone talking down on this death makes me sick. Why does what they do make him any less of a human being that you feel the need to bash on this kid. Put yourself in his parents or families shoes and think how'd it feel to have ppl talk badly upon your child who just passed away. Makes me sick and sad that our country is that way sadly it'll never change....
you also have too shut the tv off If you can't take these awful terrible stories.
I mean't that sincerely by the way....the news can be so cruel...you really have too shut the tv off at times
RIP Shain.. You were just over the house not long ago. You will be missed and your show will never be the same.
It's sad. Things like this happen every year when kids are out of school for spring break. That's why my mom lets me play on her celphone for fun during our vacation. It's fun. I like cellphones.
MOOOOOOOOOOO I'm a cow. : )
this should have never happened rip shaine.
Hey, how about a story of an American Soldier who has given the ultimate sacrifice answering the country's call to arms? No....ok, lets hear more about kids making bad decisions
No one 'called' a soldier to arms. The military is as voluntary as working at Walmart. This could have happened to anyone's child and just because you don't agree with the way they chose to have fun, it doesn't mean that his death is any less important than any other American.
By the same token, 'Come On', just because he was on some MTV show doesn't make his life any more important than any other person, either. That's the point. Like it or not, there should be much more respect involved with a person dying at war defending your freeedoms than a kid who died "mudding" in the south.
I have been up in Wolfpen in Sissonville. It is pretty rough and tough. There are some beat up homes and trailers and some auto-junkyards in there. When a friend and I asked for directions to Wolfpen, the guy standing at the store said in a horror movie like voice " You boys don't want to go up in Wolfpen... nope" and walked away heheh
I'm so sick of all the "WV people don't have any teeth and are all inbred" BS. I have ALL of my teeth, NOONE in my family or ANYONE i know are a product of incest or inbreeding. A young life was lost, show some respect. If you weren't a fan, then why are you even reading this or commenting? Didn't your mother ever teach you "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" 3 lives were cut short way too soon, let the people near and dear to them mourn and show some respect for the dead. Or just let Karma come back for you later.
Toothless, inbred, illiterate, dirty, flea i fested and lice ridden hillbillies. And that's just their dogs.
a lot of them are very smart.
I lived in WV years ago. In the western part where they filmed cowboy and Indian movies. We would catch hippopotamuses in the creek and ride them around like horses. Sometimes we would have races to see who's was the fastest. Hippopotamuses are cool.
they are very comfortable to ride...agreed
He's hot. I'd hit dat.
Star??? Doesn't that require a certain amount of accomplishment and accolades.It's thrown around so loosely today,it means nothing.
More of a "star" than you.
It's sad this happened. The mayor is blaming MTV which to me is dumb. Salwa sold drugs because she wanted to.. Shane went mudding because he had all his life. If they had been riding a bicycle and gotten killed which happens all the time would that be MTVs fault? This wS a accident. No JEEP would have stopped this. For the guy that claims jeeps wouldn't have gotten stuck. There are TONS of videos on YouTube that show jeeps flipping and getting stuck. It could have happened to a old or new car. If your gonna plug a auto make or product here you go. Had they had onstar BEFORE they passed out they could have pushed the emergency button and gotten help maybe in time. Helicopters fly to rural areas quickly. I've been in a accident and onstar was great. They knew where I was and what part of my vehicle had been hit. That's technology. I won't own a car without it now. From what has been said tho it prob wouldn't have saved them. Carbon monoxide killed the,. The mud covered the tail pipe and when that happen exhaust fumes only have one other place to go. It's just sad but this happens every day by accident and MTV isn't involved. Hey weren't even there filming. I don't know if he is their only child but prayers to them and cast and crew. Shain had a magnetic personality. Just wanted to have fun.. Sad.
What possibly killed them was he may have been an ignorant redneck, possibly either too dumb or too drunk to turn off the motor.
You act like only 'ignorant rednecks' die in unfortunate accidents....I'm sure there are plenty of juice heads, west coast surfers, mid west skateboarders, etc that have all died from being young and reckless. The kid was 21 – I'm sure there were plenty of things that we've all done that could have turned out differently and more tragic.
All kidding aside, I feel very sorry for him and his family. It is a tragedy. I know alot of our soldiers and others are also being harmed, but still, all death is sad. Ask not for who the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.
"No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...." John Donne
You stole that off The Walking Dead you hoser.
Ben – you sound like a gay English teacher. Out of school for spring break. Poems are gay.
Darwin strikes again.
If that's the case then you will be next.
more like Random Chance, Fickle Fate, or Vengeful God. Part of Darwin's theory of evolution postulated 'survival of the fittest,' which you probably think you're alluding to. There was nothing unfit about this young man. He was just the victim of an unfortunate chain of events.
All kidding aside, I feel very sorry for him and his family. It is a tragedy. I know alot of our soldiers and others are also being harmed, but still, all death is sad. Ask not for who the bell tolls. It tolls for me.
Actually, it doesn't toll for you unless you're also dead.
Yeah – like a zombie stuck in the mud in his ford bronco, too dumb to turn off his ignition switch, asphyxiating himself and his friends. Ben you are a dumb idjit.
God rest your soul "Gandee Candy"..
MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't go four wheeling or mudding in a Ford Bronco. Use a real vehicle like a JEEP. A JEEP wouldn't have gotten stuck. They are what real men drive. Remember. When you want to go serious offroading go in a JEEP.
Seriously? That's your response? A car advertisement?
I feel bad for him since he was just 21 years old but it seems he would have more sense than to take a Ford off the pavement. They always get stuck. I agree with Clint. Jeeps and GMC's are for off roading. Fords are for the junk yard.
Jeeps are for sorority girls and hippies.
JEEPS are for men. Real men that don't get stuck on the mud like some pink shirted sissy.
Jeeps are for men that like to wear womens underwear.
Historians now agree that the reason the south lost the civil war was due to generations of inbreeding, the result of which was an abnormally high number of mentally challenged soldiers in the confederate army. Also, physical deformaties such as webbed feet prevented the confederates from running from the northern army, thus insuring their capture and defeat. One has only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon line to see the descendants of the confederate forces, easily recognizable by their lack of teeth.
Plus they drove Ford Broncos. Broncos are sissy vehicles for city folk like OJ.
That was very clever. You should take Bloomberg's place.
At least we have jobs, affordable housing and real estate, better health care, less crime, nicer people, better looking women, better food, better sports teams, better weather, better education.....
In the North we have jobs, affordable housing and real estate, better health care, less crime, nicer people, better looking women, better food, better sports teams, better weather, better education.....
The north has hateful, sad people that need mayors to babysit them.
...and worthless unions that have undermined the integrity of American made products and sent millions of jobs abroad.
the north has many joyful, happy, progressive, conservative, hardworking self-sufficient people living in small and large cities, rural and urban settings, much like in the South. Have you never travelled north of the Mason-Dixon line? If you had, you wouldn't make uninformed generalizations like that. People who perpetuate stereotypes of Northerners and Southerners are the saddest, most hateful of all.
Sounds like a LOSER to me. Some Country Bumpkin goes 4 wheeling in MUD and gets killed. You know what, the quality of this morons life echos his show and MTV. The L for LOSER on your fat heads.
This kid did more in his short life and positively affected more people than you ever will, a$$ clown. Please don't procreate.
Dude you are a dick, Bumpkin, you have Texas in your ID. I think you are a tool
He woulda been safe if he was in a Jeep. Just sayin.
@ Liam and Jason: Hey white trash mofos, the fool can 4 wheel but isn't smart enough to know that if your exhaust is covered or blocked the exhaust goes into the cab????? This is one real smart country Bumpkin that ended up dead because he is so smart, all this genius had to do was GET OUT OF THE TRUCK, BILLYBOB!!!!!!!!. Oh well, no problem reality stars are like fungus, its everywhere and really just stinks up the place. Oh you 2 retards, kiss my @rse!!!!
Loot donkey thanks tomato pie shingle fourteen times. That's the way. Hot underneath the bigger biscuit. What day is it? Can you please tell me. I like beans.
So a drunk redneck dies being reckless and stupid... go figure.
Another keyboard warrior living in his parent's basement jumps to conclusions without knowing anything. Go figure.
Were there any empty seats in the truck? That would be a real shame.
White peoples and their trucks be so silly.
Honestly, it might be a good idea to continue the show. Teens and young adults need to learn to deal with death in everyday life, this might be a good medium to show how they deal with it and move on. Shain seem to be the centre point of a lot of there friendship, so it would be interesting to see what happens to them and see if it matures them or not.
Personally everybody needs to sit back and think about everything. Its called television. Do you think MTV would rather film butterflies landing on flowers or people having parties and 4-wheeling. And just for the dumba** thats running their mouth about the confederate army and inbreeding....Go to history class...West Virginia was still part of Virginia when the Civil War happened which means....We were part of the north not the confederacy so get your facts straight before you run your mouth. In response to how Shain acted on the show, everyone but Shain and Joey put on an act. You want to know how I know....I grew up with the 3 that are truly Sissonville born and raised, Shain, Joey, Ashley. Ashley is even my cousin and were not inbred at all. Ive known Shain and his family his whole life. He never was much trouble but he would defend anyone and any belief he had no matter what anybody did, would say, or think. How Shain was on Buckwild is exactly how he was in person. He hated town, he liked to drink beer, and just have fun. He was dedicated to his life, family, beliefs, friends, traditions the whole 9. They are suspecting CO poisoning based on priliminary analysis from the coroner. There was no accident or drugs or anything in the vehicle and it was just stuck in a mud whole on the passenger side and they were unable to get it out. I just talked to Shain saturday and he was going to ohio to a store that was selling his families Gandee Candy which was something he had always wanted to do for his grandma and himself and said he was probably hitting the hills later which meant 4-wheeling. Dont even come on here running your mouth without having the facts first.
are you gay? just asking.
Was he the guy on the show that was dating his cousin? I think he is cool.
ACTUALLY Virginia was part of the Confederacy. West Virginia split from the greater whole of Virginia in 1861 at the onset of the Civil War and then became a state in 1863 during the war. Now you know...THE TRUTH.
"Go to history class...West Virginia was still part of Virginia when the Civil War happened which means....We were part of the north not the confederacy so get your facts straight before you run your mouth."
Uh... almost. Virginia was most definitely a member of the southern confederacy. But a Unionist movement in western Virginia organized West Virginia – which was admitted to the Union as a state in 1863. So while your overall point is almost correct, your history lesson is not.
Umm, sorry but you need to go back to school and learn your history.
Virginia was NOT part of the Union (North) and was very much a CONFEDERATE state during the civil war. The confederate capital was even moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia. Please know your FACTS before you pontificate on a message board.
What we now refer to as the north and south were complete opposites during the civil war due to a complete magnetic polar reversal in the late 1890s. What was then south is now north, and vice versa. To say that the North fought the South is now a misnomer, and very misleading.
Yes its sad......blah blah blah...Fact kid died mudding after a night of drinking.....at 3am...Now here is my question where is all the support from across america when a soldier dies protecting this country....hmmmm
Soldiers are just trying to become Vets. We have enough Vets already. Try taking your dog to a Vet and just see how much they charge. They are getting rich off of doctoring on animals.
SO know he is worthy of being in the photos of People we lost in 2013. CMon. This is ridiculous.
So basically this reality show might not becoming back because it was interrupted by reality. That tells you how real it was to begin with.
Waller in the mud little catfish. Waller in the mud.
Travel on peacefully spread your wings and fly high now you are a freebird
I loved the show. He was funny and made me laugh. On that note, more attention is being drawn to some guys who died four wheeling and appeared on MTV than all my friends who fought and died overseas, Thiis country is sick. Sorry for your loss but what about the thousands of Americans who died doing something selfless? Seems no one gives a rats A)$ and brings politics into it.
I heard the family does not have money to bury him. You would think MTV would take care of that for them. Really. That is the least they could do!
I guess they figure he didn't die doing anything for the show, so too bad.......
Does not matter where he is from, color of his skin, redneck or not.. MTV showed America what like really looks like in other parts of the USA. In Beverly Hills they pop pills and divorce, in Washington DC they do NOTHING, in Colorado they ski and in Texas they just discriminate no matter who you are. We are glued to our TV sets during wars and when a plane crashes, or we are watching them haul bodies of little children out of a mass school shooting. happens I've watched BUCKWILD, leave the good people of West Virginia alone. If you have not watched BUCKWILD or even Honey Boo Boo you have probably might not have had a look of what a "family" really looks like. Yes we laugh....yes I am sure they are laughing at themselves too. Let it be, show respect. If you don't like what you see on cable, UNSUBSCRIBE. Rest in Peace Brother and the rest of you....give up a dollar for a grieving family in Woflpen Holler West Virginia...and one more thing, they mayor is a DOUCH.
Where do you come up with your generalizations of what people do in different cities? Not only are the incredibly wrong, but you come off as an absolute idiot.
with no gray in between. it's either this or that, all or nothing. todd is a complete idiot, but his heart is in the right place.
Todd, get a grip you country monkey white trash crazyman.
Maybe it's me, but why do all these reality shows showcase people who are partying (Jersey Shore, Bad Girls, Buckwild) or doing something illegal (Moonshiners), or screwing up the planet (Ax Men, or the one where they're looking for gold). I guess its boring to show folks are are doing good on this earth. Or maybe they're hard to find.
Apologies for the double post. I don't see an option to delete.
No worries. I was wondering about the cause of death, too. Carbon monoxide? I heard that the tail pipe was in mud. Or injuries from a crash?
You know MTV was waiting for something like this to happen. It keeps them relevant. They egg these kids on in the name of fame.
I'm still confused about the exact cause of death. I wonder why it isn't given. All I can figure is maybe they were knocked unconscious when they landed in the mud hole & the vehicle continued to run somehow causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Unless they were killed outright from landing in a mud hole. Again I don't know why the cause of death isn't given.
Of course, in the long run, it really doesn't matter how, only that they were killed and their families are grieving and heartbroken. I can't say I'll pray for them, but I certainly offer my deepest sympathy and hope that they get all the support they need to cope with this tragedy.
I live in southern WV. At 3:00am until daybreak last Sunday morning, it was cold and raining......which (I'm guessing)
is probably why they remained in their vehicle. Someone who posted earlier said they most likely were unable
to get a signal had one of them had a cell phone to call for assistance.
I'm still confused about the exact cause of death. I wonder why it isn't given. All I can figure is maybe they were knocked unconscious when they landed in the mudhole & the vehicle continued to run somehow causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Unless they were killed outright from landing in a mudhole. Again I don't know why the cause of death isn't given.
Rip shain and i have a nephew that pass away after valentine he was 21yrs old and we will pray for his families
I think anyone that is from the south & lives in a small town can relate to this show. Most small towns don't have much to do for young people. They make their own fun. Whether is is turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or making a redneck slip & slide. I'm a redneck, doesn't mean I have a low IQ or that I am stupid. It means we like to have fun and in most cases make our own fun like some of the things that are portrayed on this show. Most people don't have disposable income where they can just go out & buy what they want. So we make do with what we have in creative ways. RIP Shain, you were taken from this world far too soon.
Nice post. But NOT ALL SOUTHERNERS ARE REDNECKS.
Do you have a heart? Apparently NOT! Someones life was lost and you have to be a jerk? He has friends and family that are devastated over their loved one. What I saw of him on the show he was a happy go lucky, nice kids and my heart goes out to all of his friends and family.
if I'm not mistaken
Agreed. Where's the human compassion? If you can't feel sorry when a friendly young guy dies, there's something broken inside. This is very sad.
RIP Shain–i'm so sorry
ran into mrs ushwey...not sure if he knows her she was our 80's hang out 2 times a day!!!!...it was our "arnolds" (happy days)...we would torture her and her hubs every single day–yet they missed us when when we weren't around we'd bring them t-shirts, caps from the shore...etc...they were cool too.
i lived in wheeling wva and all the wonderful people i meet im sorry i missed you shane rip
shain was a great guy.. I only knew him by the show.. But everytime he was infront of the camera he had a smile on his face and was one lovable guy.. He was too young but God needed him.. R.I.P Shain..
A CHANGE OF AIR IS GOOD ONCE IN AWHILE....
by Lynyrd Skynyrd is unarguably the Redneck National Anthem. Surely it will be played at this guy's funeral.
if you knew anything about redneck funerals, you'd know it will be "free bird".
I think Free Bird would be better.
Death by gettin' stuck in a mud hole....
I could have a bad day and that kid could still make me laugh that who he was sorry missed god will have fun with this kid
hahahahahahaha-the master work of Noj
from the Vacation movies will be taking his place when MTV re-starts production of the series.
don't have a low iq and i do not smoke weed
It's a shame. Just 21 years old. Really sad. I hope you are 4 wheeling and having a party up in heaven good guy.
If you think you're better than these fun loving redneck kids, which accurately represent the majority of people in this country. Unlike the airbrushed "perfect" people that are usually portrayed on tv. Then you sir are an ass. That kid was no matter what, taken from this world too soon. It's a tragedy. If you can't respect that, then I hope you get run over by a big 4 wheel drive truck dripping with mud.
looking at her now? go take a nap
Oh come on, Shelly - that's harsh. He wasn't a bad person. Don't become so desensitized that you can't feel sorry for a young man's death. This is so sad; may his friends and family feel some comfort at this difficult time.
Irony is a beautiful thing. You obviously know absolutely nothing about Darwin and his writings ya dumb ho.
Don't forget Sarah Palin's Alaska.
I don't know about the Palin part, but you are definitely a twit!
Yet, evolution has come to a standstill in every major northern city.
Stop it. Why do you feel the need to make things up? What is missing in your life?
He died happy...he was a nice kid. How about, he did something really stupid while drunk, and basically killed himself, and another guy. We're all very happy for him.
You don't understand the word, 'evolution' do you?
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