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.
Let’s just remind ourselves that Ryan probably would have loved Bam’s rendition of Lil Wayne‘s tunes and carry on. There’s too much loveliness in the world to be stuck in sadness, am I right?
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.
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?
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: