I know, the video quality is real shitty, but this is such a lovely story I couldn’t resist. See, on Saturday a concert was held at Bam’s bar in Pennsylvania, a tribute for Ryan Dunn and his passenger, Zachary Hartwell. The bands were all close friends of Bam and Ryan – one of them was a friend from high school, one was Bam’s uncle – so it was a nice, close little event. From reading about it and from seeing these shady little videos, it seems like a very fitting tribute. And the best part? All the money they raised, which turned out to be over $20,000, went straight to Zachary Hartwell’s widow.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still a little sad over Ryan Dunn’s death. Is that absolutely ridiculous? The other night I went to pull out my Jackass DVDs, and then I remembered that if I watched them I would probably just be reduced to a sobbing, messy heap on the floor. And hey, I have things to do.
July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Emily
I am increasingly heartbroken about the death of Ryan Dunn. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
Of course, with each new detail about the precise circumstances of his fatal car wreck—which also killed his passenger, Zach Hartwell—it can be harder and harder for some of us to sympathize, especially for those who have lost a loved one to somebody else’s senselessness. That’s real; those angry feelings are valid.
Still, when I see headlines like Bam Margera Collapses at Scene of Crash, I can’t help but feel just a tiny, tiny part of somebody else’s grief.
On Monday, Emily showed you Johnny Knoxville’s moving eulogy to Ryan Dunn. Now, Bam Margera—who had a mini-meltdown on Twitter when Roger Ebert insinuated Dunn could’ve picked better friends—has some words for E! Online:
What astonishes Margera even more was that this wasn’t the first time something like this had happened.
“He flipped me in a car eight times at the same exact spot in 1996. Thank God I had my seat belt on, because Chris Raab put one on me, but my brother didn’t have one on. He flew 40 feet. Thank God he’s alive. But like, Dunn was always a maniac at driving,” he said.
Bam pulled out his cell phone and read aloud the last conversation he had with Dunn via text messages.
“Stopping for a beer, be there when I can,” was the last message sent from Dunn the night his accident occurred.
This exchange didn’t make it into E!’s transcript of the interview, but it’s in the video:
Interviewer: If there was a way to go back to the morning of that night, what would you say to Ryan?
June 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Jenn
I’m sure a lot of you still think that Ryan Dunn is a reckless asshole, and that’s fair, but I’m sure a lot of you are also still feeling pretty sad about the whole thing. And if you were wondering how fellow Jackass Johnny Knoxville feels about the whole thing, I’m pretty sure he feels both of those things pretty strongly.
Over at the Dickhouse site, Dickhouse being Johnny’s production company, they’ve been running a little “In Memory of Ryan” series. Jeff Tremaine, the director of Jackass, did one, and Spike Jones has done one as well. They’ve also been remembering Zach Hartwell, Ryan’s passenger in the wreck and a Jackass production assistant. They’ve all been beautifully done and really heartbreaking, but Johnny’s really stood out to me. You can jump on through to read it in it’s entirety, which, if you’re a fan at all, I strongly recommend:
June 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm by Emily
And I don’t just mean that Ryan was tipsy and driving a little too fast, I mean that Ryan’s blood alcohol content was 0.196, which is more than twice Pennsylvania’s legal limit of 0.08, and he was going between 130 and 140 miles per hour in a 55 zone. So yeah, that’s the most reckless thing I’ve ever heard.
I still stand by what I said on Monday – I think Ryan was a great, funny dude who made some horrible, deplorable, and obviously dangerous mistakes. I’ve been out of my mind wasted before, and in between leaning over the balcony, trying not to vomit, and passing out, I’ve refused to get in a car with someone who’s had a few beers. The whole drunk driving thing is just not something that I’ve ever been ok with. Some people are more like Ryan though, who think that everything will be ok and they can handle it, and of course that’s dumb and awful and millions of bad things, but that still doesn’t make him a completely soulless thing and it still doesn’t make it appropriate for people to make jokes a few hours after his death. If you don’t believe me, check out Bam Margera’s interview about his best friend of over 15 years.
Of course I don’t condone drinking and driving, none of us do, but I still think it’s insanely insensitive to say that someone deserved to die on any occasion. Let’s acknowledge stupidity and recklessness and how dangerous these things can be while still maintaining some sense of empathy, ok? Can we please just do that?
June 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Emily
As Emily said yesterday, there’s a lot of conflicting feelings about the accident that occurred early yesterday morning involving Ryan Dunn and a passenger after a night at the bar. As y’all are probably aware, Dunn and his passenger ended up dead.
Critic Roger Ebert took to his Twitter account to throw his two cents in and stated:
“Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
Naturally, Ebert caught some flak, especially from Dunn’s friends, and even Perez Hilton, who’s staff said on his website that it was too soon for such a joke. Ebert responded by saying:
“Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died.”
OK, so take a breath: let’s examine the preliminary findings. Police say speed was a factor in the crash, and that Dunn may have been doing upwards of 110 mph on the highway in West Chester, PA. A highway where there were more than likely other drivers present. Probably, like, dads and stuff on their way into Philly or New York or something to start Monday’s workweek. Anyway. Moving on – though police haven’t *officially* ruled that drinking was a factor in the crash, photos have been posted through various medias saying that prior to the crash, witnesses saw that Dunn had ingested at least six alcoholic beverages: three drinks and three shots. There are photos over at TMZ depicting a lot of what went on in the two hours before Dunn wrecked his car.
So YES, this is someone’s son, husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, whatever. YES, it’s completely tragic, and there was also a passenger involved who was also probably many of these things and that makes it even worse. But just assuming that alcohol MAY HAVE played a part in this horrific crash, I’m going to say: these are the things that happen when you – or your friends allow you to – get behind the wheel after drinking. I’m way sorry to Dunn and passenger’s family, and all in all, they are the ones who will suffer the most, but I am RELIEVED that if all of this drinking IS the case, that no others were harmed because of a really, really bad decision.
Ebert may or may not have made his quip too soon – after all, Dunn isn’t even cold in the grave yet – but on the whole, I agree with him if drinking and driving was what ultimately caused this accident. Because sorry, three drinks and three shots are enough to impair anyone’s driving, let’s not pretend.
June 21, 2011 at 6:30 am by Sarah
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.