RYAN DUNN, star of 'Jackass,' dies at age 34 in car crash.
Ryan Dunn, featured player in MTV's "Jackass" franchise, has died in a car accident in Pennsylvania.
Dunn, 34, was driving his 2007 Porsche early Monday morning in West Goshen, Penn. He and a passenger, who has not yet been identified, were discovered dead in the woods off of U.S. 322. Details are few but gruesome.
The sportscar was "fully engulfed in flames" when police arrived on the scene around 3 a.m., says TMZ, with officers on scene saying that "speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident."
Several reports point to a tweet from Dunn hours before the crash linking to a photo on his Tumblr blog. The photo depicts Dunn drinking with two male pals.
"We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn — a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade," said Van Toffler, of the network's music and film group.
Dunn joined forces with Johnny Knoxville's crew in 2000. The channel notes other Hollywood appearances by Dunn, in Jessica Simpson's 2007 film "Blonde Ambition" and on "Law & Order: SVU."
Dunn's last project, "Proving Ground," a G4 TV show where Ryan tested famous stunts from movies and television, premiered last week.
5 Things to Know About Ryan Dunn
1. He Owed His Fame to pre-YouTube Videos: Before Knoxville came calling, Dunn was living near Bam Margera (then later with Bam) in West Chester, Pa., where the duo were part of the CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) Crew. They'd post edless hours of home footage of their group doing Jackass-type stunts without any safety nets nearby. They'd skid out in cars, kick footballs at cars driving by, jump off buildings, jump on beds, kick each other in the face and do insane skateboard tricks. Dunn later moved out when Bam got hitched.
In another, Dunn is seen riding a bicycle straight into a car hood. Hurt? Sure looks it. But it's funny as hell. The videos were distributed widely and Jackass producers noticed—it was these videos that got their attention and ultimately landed Dunn a slot on Jackass in 2000. They have since been ported to YouTube.
Finally, in footage taken after Dunn became famous, he's seen swigging an entire bottle of tequila on stage, then falling over.
2. He Acted With Jessica Simpson?! Besides bit parts in a number of films—and a small role as a guy named Griswold alongside Jessica Simpson in Blonde Ambition—Dunn played the main role in a 2003 indie film called Haggard. It was based on the true story of how his girlfriend at the time cheated on him, and Dunn goes through hell in the film until he is able to find love once again and forget about his ex. Margera financed and directed it.
3. He Hosted His Own Shows: On MTV's Homewrecker, Dunn did what the title says, only he wasn't breaking up marriages, he was breaking apart houses. As in trashing the crap out of them. People who appeared on the show would get revenge on those who had wronged them by trashing rooms in their nemesis' house. Dunn was currently hosting G4's Proving Ground, where he and cohost Jessica Chobot recreated stunts seen in video games and movies to see if they'd work in real life.
The network has pulled the show while they determine what they will do without Dunn. Nine episodes had been taped, and the first one aired just last week.
4. He Was Often Mistaken for Zack Galifianakis: The beard, the belly, the build—the hairy duo could have been separated at birth. But Dunn didn't love the comparisons. On May 17 he tweeted, "The next person who asks me if I'm the guy from the Hangover is getting a big wet kiss on the lips!" There was no follow up tweet on if he ever delivered.
5. He Had a Bunch of Crazy Tats: Steve-O wasn't the only Jackass covered in ink. Dunn had tats dedicated to one of his favorite bands the Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with a plus sign, a set of weights, and a BMW logo all randomly stamped on his bod.
2Pac would've been 40 tomorrow... The day before his birthday they've released a new article about the person who may be responsible for his death.
Convicted Killer Confesses to Shooting West Coast Rapper Tupac Shakur
5:06 PM EDT, June 15, 2011
NEW YORK (KTLA) -- A Brooklyn inmate has confessed to shooting rap star Tupac Shakur.
Dexter Isaac, an associate of Rap Mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Richmond, claims he shot Tupac at Quad Studios in Manhattan 17 years ago.
According to a statement he gave to AllHipHop.com, Isaac says he was paid $2,500 by Richmond to shoot the West Coast rap icon.
"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at hte Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."
Isaac even implies Sean "Puffy" Combs knew about the plan all along.
The Quad Studios robbery and shooting occurred less than two years before Tupac was murdered on Sept. 7, 1996.
Isaac is currently serving a life sentence for unrelated crimes at MDC Brooklyn.
Rosemond is CEO of Czar Entertainment who manages performer such as The Game and Sean Kingston.
According to the Smoking Gun, Rosemond is currently a fugitive from justice; he's wanted by the DEA and federal marshals in connection with his alleged leadership of a cocaine trafficking ring.
Isaac's full statement:
My name is Dexter Isaac. On Monday, May 23, 2011, James Rosemond released a statement in which he named myself and another individual, a Mr. Winston Harris (who I do not know), as government informants. I would like to clear the record on that statement: I have never been a rat for anybody and I do not have any deals nor was I made any promises by any government agency for information on Mr. Rosemond. Mr. Rosemond has crucified good reporters like Chuck Philips, at the LA Times, and Alison Gendar, at the Daily News, for telling the truth about him and his activities. He claims they had no proof that he was a rat for the government, which is an outright lie, because Mr. Rosemond, you signed a proffer agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office in New York on 10-20-1998. Mr. Rosemond, I have copies of your presentence report from North Carolina dated 1-13-1997 and other documents about you working with the government sending people you befriended to prison so you can maintain your own freedom. I have met with individuals on whom Mr. Rosemond has told.
Jimmy, I say to you: I have kept your secrets for years. You have never been arrested because of me, or anyone of our friends because of me. How dare you call me an informant! I have stayed silent in prison for the past 13 years, doing a life sentence like a real soldier should, when you and everybody have turned your backs on me. I have never gotten any help nor asked for any help from you or anyone since being locked up.
As a matter of fact, when I was first notified a couple years ago that the feds and Chuck Philips were investigating you, I wrote you and sent you everything they sent me. I kept it real with you because that's what real G's do. Anyway, that was before I found out that you were, in fact, already a turncoat rat for the government. Mr. Rosemond, if I was an informant like you, I would've been home years ago with my family, not doing life in prison.
Now I would like to clear up a few things, because the statute of limitations is over, and no one can be charged, and I'm just plain tired of listening to your lies.
In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.
Now I'm not going to talk about my friend Biggie's death or 2Pac's death, but I would like to give their mothers some closure. It's about time that some one did, and I will do so at a different time. Jimmy, you and Puffy like to come off all innocent-like, but as the saying goes: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
Mr. Rosemond, I ask you: Are you going to flip on Puffy when the feds get you? To save yourself like you have done in the past? Because that's what a rat does. So in closing, we shall see who the rat is, in the near future.
If anyone has any questions regarding these statement or just want to be a friend to a real Soldier fighting for his freedom in prison feel free to write me at:
Dexter Isaac - #49733-053 MDC Brooklyn PO Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232