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MTV 'BUCKWILD' reality star, 2 others found dead in W.Va.

Monday - 4/1/2013, 5:31pm  ET

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- One of the stars of MTV's "BUCKWILD" has been found dead along with two other people in an apparent off-road accident in West Virginia.

Twenty-one-year-old Shain Gandee, his uncle David Gandee, and a third person who has not been identified were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at a bar in Sissonville. They had told people that they were going four-wheeling.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says their 1984 Ford Bronco was found in a ditch near Gandee's home about 15 miles outside of Charleston with the three men inside. Search teams had to use all-terrain vehicles to reach the site, which they described as "very muddy" and "very rough."

Gandee had become a breakout star of the reality show that follows the antics of a group reality star of young friends enjoying a wild country lifestyle. MTV announced in February that "BUCKWILD" would be picked up for a second season, after pulling in an average of 3 million viewers per episode in its first season.

MTV issued a statement saying it was shocked and saddened to learn of Gandee's death, describing him as "a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met."

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APPHOTO NYET614: FILE - This Jan. 2, 2013 file photo shows Shain Gandee, from MTV's "Buckwild" reality series in New York. Gandee and his uncle have been reported missing in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said 21-year-old Shain Gandee and his uncle, 48-year-old David Gandee, were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at a bar in Sissonville, W. Va. Family members said the men planned on riding their all-terrain vehicles, but did not say where. They reported the men missing after they couldn't get in contact with them Sunday. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, file) (2 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO NYET615: FILE - This Jan. 2, 2013 file photo shows Shain Gandee, from MTV's "Buckwild" reality series in New York. Gandee and his uncle have been reported missing in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said 21-year-old Shain Gandee and his uncle, 48-year-old David Gandee, were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at a bar in Sissonville, W. Va. Family members said the men planned on riding their all-terrain vehicles, but did not say where. They reported the men missing after they couldn't get in contact with them Sunday. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, file) (2 Jan 2013)

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