MTV cancels 'Buckwild' following star's sudden death
MTV has canceled its West Virginia-set reality show "Buckwild" after the recent sudden death of its star, Shain Gandee, the network announced April 10.
"After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with Season 2 of 'Buckwild' in West Virginia," MTV said in a statement. "We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him."
On April 1, 21-year-old Gandee and two others were found dead from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning after their Ford Bronco got stuck in the mud during a "mudding" expedition in West Virginia.
"Shain was an incredible, outgoing, and positive person who was loved by whoever he met," Gandee's mother, Loretta Gandee, said in a statement. "We are honored that we were able to let the world see what a wonderful son we had. He was the best son anyone could ask for. As we look to honor him in our lives every day moving forward, we are happy to share some of his last moments doing what he loved best: having fun and making people laugh."
MTV is planning a tribute to Gandee on Monday that includes airing the entire hit first season of "Buckwild," which followed Gandee and a group of young, party-loving West Virginia residents.
Since the show premiered in January, two other cast members were arrested: Salwa Amin for alleged drug possession and Michael Burford for alleged DUI.