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Carbon monoxide poisoning the cause of 'Buckwild' star Shain Gandee's death

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"Buckwild" star Shain Gandee, 21, his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee, and 27-year-old friend Donald Robert Myers were found dead on Monday. That is significant enough news, but on Tuesday, we received the answer to the question many had: What caused their deaths?

Shain is pictured at the far left, above.

The deaths of the "Buckwild" star and others were ruled "accidental" after coroners completed autopsies on all three men. An autopsy on Shain Gandee showed he died from carbon monoxide poisoning, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said on Tuesday.

Gandee was found dead in the driver's seat of his 1984 Ford Bronco pick-up truck in Sissonville, in Kanawha County, a rural West Virginia community. The truck was discovered, partially submerged in a mud pit, by one of Gandee's friends after the MTV star was reported missing by family members following a late-night session at a local bar.

The vehicle's exhaust pipe was below the surface of the mud, the sheriff's department said in a news release, which led to open speculation, even before the autopsies were complete, that the deaths were the result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

An MTV spokesperson said the network had suspended production on "Buckwild." On Monday, the network said in a statement that it was "shocked and saddened" by Gandee's death.

Gandee was one of the lead cast members of "Buckwild," which completed its first season earlier this year. The show follows a group of young adults living in rural West Virginia.

Wikipedia describes it as follows:

The series follows the lives of nine young adults in Charleston, West Virginia and nearby Sissonville who create their own unique ways to enjoy life in the rural area surrounding them.

There had already been calls for the series' cancellation prior to this incident. With the death of Shain Gandee, Danny Jones, the Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia -- where "Buckwild" is filmed -- says he hopes MTV will permanently halt production on the controversial show.

As if Gandee's death was not enough, two "Buckwild" cast members were recently arrested in separate incidents: Salwa Amin and Michael Burford. Amin was arrested in connection with a drug raid and Burford on suspicion of DUI.

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