Was Death of ‘Jackass’ Star In Chester County A Foreseeable Mishap?

WEST GOSHEN, Pa. (CBS) – Some fans and detractors of Ryan Dunn’s work wonder if his death early this morning in Chester County, Pa. (see related story) — and that of a passenger in his car — was a daredevil stunt gone wrong.

On the small screen, “Jackass” was the YouTube of its time, bringing wipe-outs and gross-outs directly to your living room, with MTV’s “don’t do this at home” disclaimer rarely enough to keep any kid with a camera from doing his own stupid stunts.

(Clip from “Jackass”:)  “Dunn won the fight — he kicked his a**.  Steve-o tackled him; it was the last act of a desperate man.”

Dunn was a regular on the show and in the movies.   In one of his most memorable scenes, he drove a golf cart into a plastic pig — and the statue won, leaving the buggy busted and a heart-stopping moment as star and passenger Johnny Knoxville looked as if he’d done his last stunt.

(Clip from “Jackass”:)  “No, no, no, no.  Don’t move him — don’t move him!”

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Dunn and fellow West Chester resident Bam Margera buddied up and did some TV and films of their own — in one case, while the cameras were rolling, getting stopped for speeding…

(Margera:) “What’s goin’ on?”

(Dunn:) “Pulled over.”

(Margera:) “How fast?”

(Dunn:) “167, was it?” (laughter)

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060

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