Crash, Fire Killed Ryan Dunn

The autopsy of Jackass cast member Ryan Dunn shows the reality TV star died from blunt force and thermal trauma.

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An early report from the autopsy of Jackass' Ryan Dunn states that the TV daredevil died from a combination of factors in the car accident that took his life yesterday morning in West Goshen, Pennsylvania. Blunt force trauma caused by the impact of the crash and thermal trauma from the car fire that ensued killed the 34-year-old reality TV star.

The role alcohol may have played in the incident won't be known for four to six weeks, when the results of the toxicology tests will be released by the Chester County coroner's office. Dunn was killed after leaving a pub in West Chester when his Porsche flew over a guardrail, crashed in a wooded area, and caught fire. Several hours prior to the accident, Dunn had posted photos of himself drinking with friends. Witnesses reported seeing Dunn drinking at the bar, but there are conflicting reports as to whether or not he appeared to be intoxicated.

Film critic Roger Ebert caused a furor when, on the day of the incident, he tweeted of Dunn's death: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." Ebert subsequently apologized for the ill-timed statement, noting, "I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death."

A preliminary examination of the crash scene indicates Dunn may have been driving in excess of 100 mph in a 50-mph zone when he went off the road. The only other passenger in the car, Iraq war veteran and Jackass production assistant Zachary Hartwell, 30, was also killed in the wreck.


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Comments on "Jackass star Ryan Dunn's autopsy reveals gruesome details of his death"

jmk March 14, 2014 | 8:48 PM

i will never understand the mentality of people. why do all of you need to make these posts. why do you have to degrade military, comedians or who ever and why are you elevating people who you don't know or understand?? talk about something that you know and understand... please can our public get there heads out of their -----? OMG i just added to your

Logan February 08, 2014 | 2:11 AM

@jack you disgust me you spineless turd. I wouldn't even spit your way you go on here and disrespect the dead and you call the military paid murderers. I swear if I ever saw you in person I would break your jaw.

Jack October 28, 2013 | 2:03 AM

@lisa Joining the military does not make you a "hero"...that word is tossed around to much these days. "Join the marines, become a hero today!"......I don't think so. A hero would be, for example, someone walking down the street, sees a house engulfed in flames, and without any training or concern of his own safety, runs into the burning house to save a person trapped in the house. THAT is an example of a hero. Not a paid murderer.....

Jack October 28, 2013 | 2:00 AM

Who givestwo s about this ...he got exactly what he deserved. Do reckless, idiotic things and bad things will happen to you, AND anyone else with you. He not only killed himself but the passenger in his car. Not a good person. Too bad most of you are too ignorant and shallow to understand that...

comisaro June 08, 2013 | 11:01 AM

on the garden of god now is Ryan there and he make everybody to feel and to have a good time like he was doing all the time when he was here with us , please lets show some respect and make him proud for what he did for us , GOD BE WITH YOU RYAN DUNN from Comisaro

Peter May 10, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Good riddance. An idiot got Dunn by his idiocy.

Martin Hodgkinson April 14, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Such a tragedy, Ryan was such a funny guy............we lost a great comedian that day. He will never be forgotten, rip dude

Spencer October 29, 2012 | 1:19 AM

My favorite member of jackass is gone. May he and his friend rest in peace. He brought me many laughes in my childhood with the cost of pain and injury. No matter the circumstances of his death, he touched the lives of many people in sometimes inappropriate, degenerate, yet always hilarious ways and brought a lighter side to the cast and crew. Ryan, you will always be remembered. Time to go watch 3.5 and shead a tear for the fallen loved ones of this brilliantly disgusting show. Thanks for all the laughs that brought me to tears in much more joyful ways than i will have watching you in the future. Please jackass, make a tribute to his antics and make sure we never forget the humor he brought to our lives

lisa January 23, 2012 | 7:54 AM

i have been reading about this and i just want to say that while it is sad that ryan died why is his passenger that served our country that was also killed in this awful accadent is not hardley ever mentioned in any of these articles? He is an american hero and his life was taken from him because ryan decided to drink and drive, its criminal that the american hero is forgotten in all of this! The simple facts are ryan drank and drove and because of that they were both killed! I pray for BOTH of their families!

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