PHILADELPHIA -- "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, a onetime resident of Williamsville, N.Y., who along with his fellow cast members made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34.
Dunn, a daredevil who gained notoriety for diving into a sewage tank and performing other unsavory stunts, was driving his 2007 Porsche in suburban Philadelphia when it careered off the road, flipped over a guardrail and crashed into the woods before bursting into flames. A passenger was also killed, and speed may have been a factor in the crash, West Goshen Township police said.
Police said they were able to identify the severely burned Dunn through his tattoos and hair, The identity of his passenger was still unknown.
Various online biographies say Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio, and spent part of his youth in Williamsville before his family moved to West Chester, Pa.
Dunn appeared on MTV shows "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam" and the three "Jackass" big-screen adaptations. He also was the star of his own MTV show, "Homewrecker," and had just begun hosting the show "Proving Ground" on the G4 cable network.
Dunn's longtime friend and fellow "Jackass" daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted on Monday afternoon, "Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy."
Dunn also starred in the yet-to-be-released film "Living Will."
A few hours before the 3 a.m. crash, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking with two friends. The photo has since been removed.