Consider this one less thing to worry about for the Gandee family.
According to multiple reports, Parallel Entertainment and Zoo Productions – the producers of MTV's "Buckwild" – will be footing the bill for the funeral of the show's star, Shain Gandee.
The 21-year old was one of three who died of carbon monoxide poisoning following a late-night off-roading adventure that ended in a deep mud pit outside Sissonville, West Virginia, early Monday morning. The public service is reportedly slated for Sunday.
"Shain was a great kid with a big heart who had endless love for his mom and dad," Parallel Entertainment CEO J.P. Williams told TMZ. "I am from West Virginia and this show reminded me of how I grew up."
Parallel Entertainment, Zoo Productions, and MTV have not yet returned omg!'s requests for comments.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shain's death comes just after he and his seven castmates signed a deal for a 300 percent pay increase for the second season of "Buckwild," bringing their income from $1,000 per episode in season one to $4,000 per episode in season two, as well as an additional $5,000 bonus.
Shain's cousin, Ashley, posted on Facebook that the family was planning a "mud run" off-road trucking event Wednesday in order to raise money to pay for the funeral costs. According to E! News, that money will now help pay for the funerals of the other two victims, David Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27. Further donations can still be made through Gandee's General Store.
Production on the second season of "Buckwild" has been shut down. No word yet as to whether or not it will resume.
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