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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Died 10 Years Ago Today

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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Died 10 Years Ago Today

Today marks 10 years since Jackass star Ryan Dunn tragically died at the age of 34.

On 19 June 2011, Dunn was driving his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 in the early hours of the morning, when he crashed the vehicle. He and his passenger were both killed.

He rose to fame in the late 90s as part of the CKY Crew, alongside Bam Margera. Well known for their extreme stunts and pranks, the group's rise ultimately prompted the development of Jackass.

Ryan and Bam Margera were close friends.
Ryan and Bam Margera were close friends.
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His television career grew with the reality stunt show's success, with presenting jobs on Homewrecker and Proving Ground, as well as appearances in films such as Blonde Ambition, and even a part in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

At the time of his death, co-star and friend Johnny Knoxville tweeted: "Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn.

"My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan.

"I love you buddy."

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Dunn in 2003. Credit: PA
Dunn in 2003. Credit: PA

Following Dunn's death, the Chester County coroner listed blunt force trauma and heat as the cause of death for both Dunn and passenger Zachary Hartwell, with the car veering off the road after they had left Barnaby's - a pub in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Hartwell, 30, was a production assistant on the second Jackass movie.

When the fourth instalment was being planned back in 2019, fans wanted the new film to be a tribute to Dunn.

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Chris Raab - better known as 'Raab Himself' - confirmed that while the team of silly stuntmen would mostly be on board with making Jackass 4 happen, it would be weird without Dunn.

Speaking to Loudwire, Raab - who now presents The Bathroom Break Podcast - said: "I get the feeling that everyone's pretty interested in it. I'm not sure that it would ever happen. Ryan [Dunn, who tragically died in 2011] was a huge part of that, so it's sort of weird without him."

The Jackass crew. Credit: PA
The Jackass crew. Credit: PA

The fourth film in the series, which was originally due to be released in March 2021, has now been slated for a September 2021 release due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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This latest Jackass flick will be the first since 2010's Jackass 3D, as well as the first time that the gang have filmed together since Dunn's passing.

The films, released in 2003, 2006 and 2010, were all box office hits.

At a budget of less than $20m for each film, they collectively brought in $335m at the box office around the globe.

Earlier this year, Bam Margera revealed that he wouldn't be starring in the movie.

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The skater had been part of the cast, but the 41-year-old said he was eventually cut.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, Jackass

Amelia Ward
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