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Buckwild, a raucous backwoods alternative to The Jersey Shore, has run into real-life tragedy thanks to the unexpected death of one of its stars, 21-year-old Shain Gandee. While shows like this are pretty much tailor made for their cast to run into trouble, death is on a whole other plane, and understandably, MTV has decided they need to step back before figuring out how to keep the show going, if at all.
According to The Huffington Post, production of the show's second season has been halted, and a statement from MTV claimed their "main concern" was for Gandee's family and friends. Here's that statement:
“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."
There are still few details about the cause of Gandee's death, though Fox News cites possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Gandee was found dead Monday in a 1984 Ford Bronco alongside his uncle, David Gandee, and Donald Robert Myers; the truck was submerged in mud, including the muffler, which has led to speculation that the cabin of the truck filled with carbon monoxide while the car kept running.
Given that the show was recently renewed for Season 2, having become a solid hit for the network, and that Gandee's death doesn't seem directly connected to his participation on the show, it's not hard to imagine MTV moving forward with production after a respectful waiting period. Whether they need to continue shining a spotlight on a group of young people behaving badly in the backwoods is another question entirely.