TODAY | April 02, 2013
>>> 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.