Johnny Knoxville opens up about Ryan Dunn's death in online post
Johnny Knoxville has opened up about the recent death of his "brother" and "Jackass" co-star Ryan Dunn and says in an online message posted after his funeral that his world just "got about 134 percent less funny."
Dunn, who starred with Knoxville on the MTV daredevil show as well as in its film adaptations, crashed his Porsche in Pennsylvania last week, killing himself and a passenger. Local police told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement that Dunn, 34, was drunk at the time and that he was driving between 132 and 140 miles per hour.
Last Wednesday, Dunn's family members, friends and longtime girlfriend Angie Cuturic gathered for a private memorial. Knoxville said on the website of one of the production companies of "Jackass" on Saturday, June 25 that he was unable to convey his feelings at the event (Warning: Original text contains explicit language).
"I walked to the podium and tried to share memories of my dear friend, but the words were just spinning in my head," he said. "What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry, and I wasn't even successful at that. I didn't break down, because I knew Angie or his family didn't need to see that, but I also didn't get to properly convey what Ryan meant to me. Here is what I wished I could have told everyone then."
"I felt 34 percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did," Knoxville said. "He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex. He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really (expletive) loud, too, and it wasn't uncommon that he would fall over from it. Sometimes I would fall with him because his spirit was very contagious."
Knoxville said Dunn "had an enormous capacity to love," adding: "Whether it was a bit for 'Jackass,' a friend in need, or his beloved Angie, Dunn was as loyal as they come."
"You'll have to excuse me, I'm just very sad because I lost my brother and my world got about 134 percent less funny," Knoxville added. "I don't know what else to say right now, so I will close with I love you, Ryan. I have a lot of emotions swirling, but I want you to know I love you so very much."
Dunn, who celebrated his 34th birthday on June 11, appeared on "Jackass" the series between 2000 and 2002 as well as in "Jackass" films. In one daredevil stunt, seen in the 2006 movie "Jackass Number Two," Dunn and Knoxville battle an anaconda inside a plastic ball kiddie pool (see photo above).
Fellow "Jackass" star and friend Bam Margera broke down in tears last week as he visited the site of the car crash that killed Dunn.
"I've never lost anybody that I cared about and it's my best friend," Margera, 31, recently told local FOX affiliate WTXF Television, choking back sobs.