I sort of don’t know where to start with this Ryan Dunn update. I don’t mean to seem callous, but this is the first celebrity death that’s happened in my time here at Evil Beet that’s been really tragic for me, and that’s probably because Ryan Dunn is one of those celebrities that I feel like I know, you know? Like I woke up this morning to a text from my best friend telling me about his death, and that might seem lame or too fangirlish or whatever, but that’s what happened. And I have a lot of feelings.
First, let me get the news updates out of the way. At this point, no one is sure if alcohol was a major factor or not, and an autopsy is being performed to determine that. The other Jackass guys are grieving, and Bam Margera‘s parents did a heartbreaking interview with TMZ about what Ryan meant to them.
And now, if you care to, we can get real about some feelings and look at some awesome Ryan Dunn clips after the jump.
I watched Jackass when it first came on MTV back in 2000, when I was about 11 or 12, and Ryan was always my favorite. If you’re a fan of the series, you can probably guess why – he just seemed like a genuine sort of guy, and he was one of the funniest. And yes, he’s famous for sticking a toy car up his ass, but I challenge you to find someone who could shove a toy car up his ass with as much charm, and bring as much simple happiness to thousands of people while doing so. For real, did you see that movie? Did you laugh? All right then.
I also find it upsetting how many people have reacted so insensitively so far with this situation. Sure, if he was wasted when he got behind the wheel (and, by the way, if you’re a big fan [I seriously have an obsession, you guys], you know how much shit he got for being an awful driver anyway), that was a horrible, stupid choice, but even so, it’s still a death and there are still so many people who loved him who have to mourn him. Trust me, I love inappropriate jokes as much as the next girl, but there’s a time and place, and a few hours after someone died is probably not the time.
Sorry if I’ve gotten all soapboxy with this, that was not my intention. My intention was to make sure that you guys knew what an awesome dude Ryan Dunn was. Here are some of my favorite examples, most of which are NSFW, naturally.