Shain Gandee Found Dead: Buckwild Costars, Jersey Shore Cast and Others Mourn His Passing
It's a sad day for MTV's Buckwild. On Monday, April 1, 21-year-old cast member Shain "Gandee Candy" Gandee was found dead in a vehicle in Sissonville, W.Va., along with his uncle and one other individual. As news of the tragedy spread, members of his extended MTV family took to social media to mourn the passing of one of their own. Among those who shared their condolences were Gandee's Buckwild costars, Jersey Shore alumni and cast members from Teen Mom 2 and The Hills.
Us Weekly rounded up some of the touching tributes below:
Ashley Whitt, Buckwild: "RIP Shain Gandee. You were the most amazing person I've ever known. I know you will be watching over me every time I hit a mud hole. You will always be my best friend, I love you! <3"
Katie Saria, Buckwild: "Everything doesn't happen for a reason. I don't know why people say that...Thanks everyone for your condolences. We appreciate it."
Cara Parrish, Buckwild: "This is the emptiest I've ever felt. Please pray for [Shain's parents] Dale and Loretta."
Anna Davis, Buckwild: "My heart is broken."
Shae Bradley, Buckwild: "Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Just going through the motions. Please pray for Shain's close friends and family."
Michael "Bluefoot" Burford, Buckwild: "My heart's in a million g-ddamn pieces...I love you Shain, idk what I'm gonna do w.o. ya bro...Rest high on that mountain Shain, I love you brother and miss you terribly already, all I can think about is growin up thaxton holler together."
Kailyn Lowry, Teen Mom 2: "I send my condolences to all of Shain's friends and family. #RestInParadise"
Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Jersey Shore: "That's awful that Shain passed...He was just a baby. RIP."
Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jersey Shore: "Damn RIP Shain from @MTV Buckwild. Too young to die!!! He was a funny dude."
Vinny Guadagnino, Jersey Shore: "Wow. RIP Shain Gandee from @MTV Buckwild. All my prayers and condolences."
Deena Nicole Cortese, Jersey Shore: "So sad to hear the news about someone from the MTV family...My thoughts n prayers go out to the cast of #Buckwild and Shain's friends n fam...I send my condolences. #PrayForGandeeFamily"
Stephanie Pratt, The Hills: "Wow I am so sad to hear abt Shain from Buckwild. Sending out love and prayers to his family + friends. Way too tragic."
MTV also expressed condolences for Gandee's family. "We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident," the network said in a statement. "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."
Gandee and his uncle, David Gandee, were reported missing on Sunday, March 31, when relatives were unable to reach them. They were last seen alive at around 3 a.m. that morning, when they told patrons at local watering hole Larry's Bar that they were going off-roading in Gandee's Ford Bronco.