No foul play is suspected at the moment but the local sheriff’s office is investigating, according to local reports.
Shain, 21, and his 48-year-old uncle were last in contact with friends and relatives around 3am Sunday morning. He had been missing for 31 hours before the truck he was riding in was found near his home outside of Sissonville, West Va.
Gandee and his uncle reportedly had planned to go four-wheeling after spending most of Saturday night in a Sissonville bar.
At first many fans thought reports of his death were an April Fool’s Day hoax. But
What MTV Had to Say: “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”
Investigators have made no determination yet involving events leading up to their deaths, but alcohol seems to be a factor.
On his MTV reality show, cameras follows Gandee and eight of his friends as the went about what was supposed to be their everyday lives in the rural West Virginia region.
Kanawah County is best known for coal, high unemployment, poverty, moonshine and a brisk trade in prescription pain killer Oxycontin, also known as hillbilly heroin.
The show was widely criticized for glamorizing their rough existence, but the show was widely popular and had just been renewed for a second season. The show was considered a “redneck” version of Jersey Shore. Shane was known for the family’s Gandee Candy on the program.
In an interview in January, he told radio host Ryan Seacrest the secret behin the family treat. “Coconut. Chocolate balls. Peanut butter balls. Chocolate covered peanuts. Chocolate covered raisins. Actually, any kind of food you want we just cover it in chocolate,” Shain said.
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