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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Ryan Dunn, the late Jackass star who died in a car accident last June. The parents of the passenger in the vehicle, who also passed away, are suing Dunn's estate for damages.

Dunn was reportedly driving his Porsche at 132 mph when he lost control and struck a tree in rural Pennsylvania. He and Zachery Hartwell were killed.

Ryan was allegedly extremely drunk at the time.

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The Ryan Dunn lawsuit names both Dunn and the Barnaby's of America in West Chester, Pa., the bar where he was said to be drinking before the crash.

Hartwell's parents believe the establishment was negligent in serving alcohol to Dunn when it was obvious he was drunk and in no condition to drive.

Dunn may still be liable despite the fact that he is dead.

Generally, an injured party can sue a deceased person by going after the deceased person's estate, though time and monetary limits vary by state.

Interestingly, Zachery Hartwell's parents are seeking from Dunn's estate any wages Hartwell would have earned during his life ... potentially a lot.


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Mourning the loss of his friend and Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn, Johnny Knoxville took to his blog this weekend to pen a tribute to the late stuntman.

Johnny, who spoke at Dunn's memorial service last week, said he wrote the blog post because it's "what I wished I could have told everyone then."

"I felt 34-percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did," the 40-year-old Knoxville said. "He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex."

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"He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really f**king loud, too, and it wasn't uncommon that he would fall over. Sometimes I would fall with him because his spirit was very contagious."

Knoxville noted that Dunn "wasn't incapable of seriousness" and was "a great listener." The 34-year-old Ryan also had "an enormous capacity to love."

"A lion's share of [Ryan's love] went to his sweet and beautiful Angie," Knoxville recalled. "If he wasn't with her he would be talking about her."

"More times than not he would smile wide through that filthy ass beard of his and say something along the lines of, 'How did I ever luck up and land her?'"

"Well, it sure wasn't because of the way he smelled that's for sure."

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The Ryan Dunn was remembered in West Chester, Pa., at a private memorial attended by family, friends and some of his beloved co-stars from Jackass.

Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera attended, as did Knoxville’s wife Melissa, Bam’s parents Phil and April, Philly-area friends and comics Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame, and others.

While the Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket the event, the private memorial for the 34-year-old star, held at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester, came and went with no incident.

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Ryan Dunn (1977-2011).

Overseas, the Kings of Leon paid tribute to Dunn at their concert in London’s Hyde Park, urging fans to raise a glass to “a friend of ours who’s passed away.” Caleb Followill said, “This is for Ryan” before playing “McFearless.”

Dunn will be reportedly be laid to rest in his home state of Ohio, with a public memorial to be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, Dunn’s family requested friends and fans to make a contribution to Garth Brooks’ Teammate for Kids nonprofit.

Friends and family of Jackass crew member Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash that killed Dunn Monday, will hold a memorial Saturday.


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The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again.

The notorious, radical Kansas group responsible for protests at the funerals of gay rights supporters, Iraq war veterans, Elizabeth Edwards and innocent children alike, announced plans to picket the funeral of Jackass star Ryan Dunn.

In the news release, titled "Ryan Dunn is in hell!" Westboro calls for the picket due to "vulgar stunts" and involvement in MTV's Jackass franchise.

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The 34-year-old Dunn perished in a car crash early Monday morning, along with friend Zachary Hartwell. Dunn was driving drunk and very fast.

Ryan's death has generated controversy in part due to comments by Roger Ebert, who criticized his apparent drunk driving the very same day.

It's clear Dunn's bad decision making played a role in his demise, along with Hartwell's. But both men deserved to be buried in peace and remembered fondly by those close to them without Westboro Baptist Church's meddling.

We're not advocating any sort of violent confrontation by any means ... but let's just say if Bam Margera and the Jackass crew decided to f*%k with the Westboro peeps via some elaborate pranks, we wouldn't stand in their way.


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A toxicology report indicates that Jackass star Ryan Dunn was drunk when he crashed his Porsche on a Pennsylvania highway and died Monday morning.

Not only that, he was driving extremely fast, possibly up to 140 m.p.h.

Dunn, 34, died along with his friend Zachary Hartwell, 30, from West Chester, Pa. Both men suffered "blunt and thermal trauma" in the crash, which effectively turned Dunn's car into a fireball, according to the autopsy report.

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Authorities say the toxicology results put Ryan Dunn's blood alcohol concentration at 0.196 percent. The Pennsylvania legal state limit is just 0.08.

Before the crash that took their lives, the two men had been in a bar in West Chester. Dunn had even Tweeted a photo of them drinking.

"The initial crash reconstruction investigation determined that Mr. Dunn's vehicle was traveling between 132-140 mph at the time of the collision," the West Goshen Police Chief, Michael Carroll, said in a statement.

It's all very tragic. It also reinforces Roger Ebert's point - however poorly timed and worded it may have been - about drunk driving (and speeding).


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The Chester County (Pa.) Coroner’s Office confirms that Jackass star Ryan Dunn and his friend Zachary Hartwell died from accidental “blunt and thermal trauma” in their car accident early Monday morning.

Dunn’s 2007 Porsche careened into a patch of trees, then burst into flames.

Ryan Dunn at Jackass Premiere

The toxicology report is not yet complete, so questions over his blood alcohol content will not be resolved until the full autopsy is released in six weeks.

Dunn tweeted a picture of himself at a bar just hours before the accident, and his alleged drinking and driving has spawned a great deal of controversy.

Very soon after the crash, Roger Ebert of all people fired off a Tweet that said "friends don't let Jackasses drink and drive." Bam Margera was livid.

Yesterday, Ebert acknowledged fault in a blog post, recognizing his poor timing and word choice, but simultaneously stood by his broader point.


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Roger Ebert set off a firestorm of controversy yesterday with a single Tweet about Ryan Dunn, the Jackass star who perished in a car accident early Monday.

"Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." That's all Ebert wrote, but the timing and word choice upset many, including Dunn's best friend Bam Margera.

Ebert's Facebook page has since been disabled and the film critic has been widely criticized by many on Twitter. In a new blog post, he explains the Tweet:

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"To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash," Ebert writes.

"I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel."

"It was intended as true. I meant exactly what I wrote. I wasn't calling Ryan Dunn a jackass. I was referring to his association with Jackass. I thought that was clear."

"Note that Bam Margera uses the word 'jackass' in the same way in his tweet."

Ebert goes on to further explain the context of what he said:

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Jackass star Bam Margera lost his friend and co-star, Ryan Dunn, in a car accident early yesterday. He's understandably very upset about this.

It's equally unsurprising that he is livid with Roger Ebert's Tweet about Dunn, in which he wrote "friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

Bam proceeded to tear the the movie critic a new one on Twitter:

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Ebert was, for reasons unknown, chiming in about Dunn's alleged drinking just hours before he got behind the wheel and perished Monday morning.

It's unclear how drunk Dunn was, but he was seen drinking at a Philly-area bar before his fatal crash, and was there for over three and a half hours.

In any case, Bam's not happy and is letting him have it. Did Roger go too far, too soon, considering the man just died? Does he raise a valid point?

What do you think about Ebert's Tweet?


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Jackass star Ryan Dunn died earlier today and already, film critic Roger Ebert took him to task over reports that he drank before getting behind the wheel.

Dunn's drinking buddy claims Ryan had at least three beers and three "girly shots" before hitting the road. He was driving when he crashed and passed away.

Ebert, of all people, had this to say this afternoon:

Ebert TweetSources say Ryan Dunn spent four hours in Barnaby's of America in West Chester, Pa., before he got behind the wheel of his Porsche this morning.

One of his friends says Dunn had three beers and three shots between 10:30 p.m. and 2:10 a.m., but he was "not too drunk to drive."

However, according to another person who was inside the bar that night, Dunn was "wasted" and "had a lot to drink."

Either way, what's your take on Ebert's Tweet?


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Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of Jackass, has died. He was 34.

He reportedly passed away after being involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania early Monday morning. Co-star Bam Margera's mother confirmed the news.

Dunn and an unidentified person perished in a crash in West Goshen Township around 3 a.m. It's unclear who was driving, or whether alcohol was involved.

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R.I.P. Ryan Dunn (1977-2011).

Dunn appeared in all three of the hit Jackass films alongside Margera and Johnny Knoxville. Our thoughts go out to those guys and to his family members.


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