Shain Gandee's Father: 'Buckwild' Star Died 'Doing What He Loved' -- Mudding
With news of Buckwild star Shain Gandee’s death still reverberating, MTV executives are putting off any decisions about how to proceed with their breakout hit.
Though production on the hit series’ second season began weeks ago in Sissonville, W.Va., Gandee’s death did not occur during filming. Instead, the 21-year-old reality star was found dead in his vehicle, along with his uncle and a friend, after going off-roading -- or as Gandee's hobby is dubbed on the show, “mudding” -- over the weekend.
“I spoke with Shain’s father, who is devastated as you can imagine,” said producer J.P. Williams, who reached out to the breakout star’s family by phone upon hearing the news earlier in the day. “But he said something that I thought was pretty profound, which is that his son died doing what he loved to do.”
At this time, the network is said to be focused on caring for the other members of the cast, crew and families with grief counseling set up on location. A decision on what to do next with the show likely won’t be made for a couple of weeks, say multiple sources affiliated with the show. Production has been suspended.
“We’re taking a few weeks to give the cast a chance to get a handle on this because they’re devastated, and then we will all address where do you go from here,” added Williams, whose Parallel Entertainment produces the series alongside Zoo Productions. He said it's a decision that ultimately will be made by MTV.
Gandee was reported missing over the weekend, having last been seen at 3 a.m. Sunday at a local bar with his uncle and a friend. At the time, the trio reportedly told patrons that they were going to go off-roading. News of Gandee's death broke Monday, with TMZ reporting that the reality star's red Ford Bronco might have been submerged in mud past the windows.
Several of Gandee's castmates have expressed their grief via Twitter, with Katie Saria writing: "Everything doesn't happen for a reason. I don't know why people say that."