Ryan Dunn of 'Jackass' was drunk at time of deadly crash, police say
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was drunk and his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his Porsche in Pennsylvania on Monday in an accident that killed himself and a passenger.
A West Goshen Police statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, June 22, said that Dunn's blood alcohol content was .196, according to the Chester County Coroner's Office. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08. The police also said an initial investigation of the crash showed that Dunn's vehicle was traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour at the time of the collision.
The official cause of death for the 34-year-old star of MTV's daredevil reality show and the other man, Zachary Hartwell, was determined to be blunt force trauma and thermal trauma, according to the Daily Local News. No other "drugs of abuse" were found in Dunn's system, police said, adding that the actor possessed a valid driver's license.
Dunn's death was mourned by fans and his "Jackass" colleagues and friends, including Bam Margera, who broke down in tears on Tuesday as he visited the site of the accident.
Film critic Roger Ebert later stirred anger after saying on his Twitter page that "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." He said on Tuesday he did not mean to insult Dunn and that his Tweet was "not intended as cruel."
Dunn had posted a photo of himself and two other men holding what appear to be alcoholic drinks on his Tumblr page hours before the crash. The picture has since been removed.
West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said Dunn was at the restaurant Barnaby's of America in West Chester shortly before the crash occurred, the Daily Local News said, adding that the establishment, which contains a bar, has not commented.
Dunn, who celebrated his 34th birthday on June 11, appeared on "Jackass" the series between 2000 and 2002 as well as in "Jackass" films such as "Jackass 3D." His daredevil stunts included shoving a toy car into his rectum - as seen in the first Jackass movie in 2002.
Dunn also took part in spinoff shows such as "Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy's Union." His new series, "Proving Ground," began airing on the cable network G4 on June 14. After his death, the channel pulled the show from its schedule indefinitely.
Ebert, who turned 69 on June 18, is a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He launched a reboot of his famed "At The Movies" television series earlier this year. Ebert communicates mostly through a computer, as he lost the ability to speak due to reconstructive surgeries for thyroid cancer.
Since 2006, Ebert has continued to review films and post messages on his Twitter account, which is followed by more than 472,000 people.