"Buckwild" star Shain Gandee will be remembered exactly how he lived: full of brightness.
Hundreds of friends, fans, and family members arrived at the MTV reality television personality's funeral at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia, wearing neon green, pink, and orange "Gandee Candy" t-shirts, rather than traditional black garb or even the camouflage attire suggested by the family on the Gandee General Store Facebook page.
Gandee, 21, died alongside his uncle, David Gandee, 48, and friend, Robert Myers, 27, early Monday morning, April 1. The trio's cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, which occurred in the younger Gandee's Ford Bronco truck after a late-night, off-road "mudding" excursion.
According to the Charleston Daily Mail, the closed casket was draped with flowers and photos of the lively young star. "A Country Boy Can Survive," by Hank Williams Jr., played over the speakers during a slideshow highlighting Gandee with his family and friends throughout his life.
Rev. Randy Campbell welcomed guests to honor the lives of both Shain and David.
"We come to this place to celebrate and remember the lives of David and Shain," he said. "God, I pray Lord, your grace will be sufficient for the Gandee family, God, for the extended family … As the Gandee family pastor, this has been a hard week for them. A hard week for all of us. You never do imagine that death is going to creep in when it does ... As quickly as it begins, it can end."
Shain's mother, Loretta, wore her hot pink "Gandee Candy" shirt with jeans and told mourners that Shain identified himself as a Christian.
"I know where Shain is," she said, according to the Associated Press. "He said about a month ago, 'I know when I die I'm going to heaven.'"
She also sang "I Keep Praying" before giving the Shain and David's caskets an affectionate pat.
Mud-caked trucks filled the parking lot, some with "R.I.P. Shain" etched into them.
A private burial followed the very public funeral ceremony at Thaxton Cemetery. Cameras were not allowed at either event.
The production companies behind "Buckwild" supposedly footed the bill for the funeral arrangements and have promised that the ceremony would not appear in an episode of the show. "Buckwild" was renewed for a second season, but halted production Monday after learning of Gandee's death.
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