Jackass star dies in car crash

Many have joked that the Jackass boys had a shorter life expectancy than the rest of us. Said laughingly, it was something we hoped wouldn’t actually be true. Unfortunately, a member of the Jackass crew has met an untimely end.

Ryan Dunn has died in a high speed car accident after a night spent drinking with friends. He was 34 years old.

According to reports, Dunn’s Porsche exploded in a fireball, claiming both his life and that of his passenger Zachary Hartwell.

It’s difficult to sympathise with a drunk-driver – especially one whose career was literally filled with death-defying stunts – but there is an underlying tragedy in the loss of a Jackass.

As I said in my review of Jackass 3:

” If Jackass 3 is “about” anything (and I know I’m reaching), perhaps it’s a celebration of camaraderie. These ten kids collided, become an international phenomenon, and now – as men – are literally cheating death for our entertainment. They are bound together, forever. They’re not hard bitten or angry. They love this stuff. And they love doing it with each other, and to each other.”

Losing one of them only adds to the poignancy – yes, poignancy – of that last film. This harsh reality will only dampen the gay abandon of the Jackass films and TV show, and that truly is sad.

Discuss: R.I.P.

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