TODAY   |  April 02, 2013

‘Buckwild’ star Shain Gandee found dead

The star of the MTV show “Buckwild” was discovered inside his family’s Ford Bronco along with his uncle and another friend, stuck in a remote West Virginia ditch. They had been missing since early Sunday. NBC’s Andrea Canning reports.

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>>> production of the popular reality show " buckwild " following the tragic death of its young and emerging star. andrea canning is here with the story.

>> 21 years old, far too young. the show is about having fun and playing pranks. while out with his uncle and a friend shain gandee died in what appears to be a horrific accident, their bodies discovered inside an suv monday, stuck in a remote west virginia ditch. community in shock and mourning after shain gandee, the 21-year-old star of mtv's hit show " buckwild " was found dead monday inside his family's ford bronco .

>> today a senseless tragedy, my heart goes out for them.

>> as long as it's four-wheel-drive and i can jam it.

>> reporter: shain was one of " buckwild 's" breakout stars.

>> owned his southern pride, he owned being from west virginia .

>> one way in, one way out.

>> he was always doing practical jokes .

>> reporter: gandee and shea bradley were here on "today" in january.

>> have fun, live in the moment, you're young.

>> you only live once, so live it up.

>> reporter: according to the county sheriff the suv was discovered about a mile from gandee's home partially submerged in a mud pit. police say the men had been missing since early sunday, last seen leaving a local bar around 3:00 a.m .

>> i just wished he had got out and come home.

>> reporter: on his official " buckwild " bio gandee is called sociable and loved muddle and hundred dollarsing but most of all he loves his parents.

>> he was a wild, free one that loved living in the woods and was always the life of the party .

>> my truck that's my pride and joy.

>> that's what makes it so tragic. he was very loveable.

>> the medical examiner will conduct autopsies to determine the cause of death , but again, they do not believe any foul play was involved. there's speculation this could have been a case of carbon monoxide poisoning if the tailpipe was submerged in the mud to block it.

>> andrea, thank you so much.