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Ryan Dunn's Accident 'Definitely Woke Me Up,' Says Co-Star

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By Simon Saavedra , Christian Post Correspondent
June 28, 2011|5:00 pm

Bam Margera recently made comments to NBC and WMMR on the death of close friend and former co-star Ryan Dunn, saying it was a wake-up call for him.

In what could be described as an intimate interview, Margera shared that the entire tragic experience has helped him wake up and reconsider the gravity of drinking and driving. "When you're drunk, you always think you're not. If you even drink at all don't get behind the wheel."

  • Ryan Dunn
    Photo: Reuters/Jim Ruymen
    ''Jackass'' co-star Ryan Dunn in a file photo.

Johnny Knoxville, another co-star, set aside the pranks and also directed serious words to the loss of his companion. In his blog, Knoxville shared:

"I felt 34-percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did. He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex. He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really loud, too, and it wasn't uncommon that he would fall over from it. Sometimes I would fall with him because his spirit was very contagious.

“Roger wrote a pretty song for you, but you're not here to listen to it. And I'm hurting!! We all are because we loved you so much and now you're gone. I know your spirit lives on in me, Angie, Bam and everyone you touched, but that's pretty tough to see right now through the tears. I'm starting to ramble now, just like I did at the memorial, so I'll stop. You'll have to excuse me, I'm just very sad because I lost my brother and my world got about 134-percent less funny. I don't know what else to say right now, so I will close with I love you, Ryan. I have a lot of emotions swirling, but I want you to know I love you so very much."

Not only was Dunn known for his extraordinary pranks and behavior, but also dedicated time and effort to support a charity called Teammates for Kids, a foundation that teamed up pro athletes with celebrities to benefit children. Dunn's death triggered an outpouring of donations to this organization.

Dunn died in a car crash last week in West Goshen Township, Pa., after posting photos of himself drinking to his Twitter account just hours before. According to the police, Dunn’s alcohol level was twice the legal limit when his car jumped a guardrail, flew into a wooden ravine and then burst into flames. He died along with his passenger, Zachary Hartwell. Dunn was 34.

 

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