Monday, June 20, 2011

Dunn's Greatest Accomplishment Still Yet To Come?

Early this morning, at approximately 3 a.m., Jackass star Ryan Dunn passed away when his 2007 Porsche crashed off of Route 322 in West Goshen, PA. By now I'm sure many of you have been made aware of the alleged speed that Dunn was traveling at (100+ mph) and that just hours before the crash he tweeted a picture of himself and two buddies drinking and visibly drunk at a bar.

It goes without saying that drinking and driving is a terrible act, one that often times leads to life ending consequences. In this instance though let us not dwell on the the fact that what he was doing was wrong, and take jabs at him posthumously on Twitter (cough cough Roger Ebert, you prick). But instead we should view this as another reminder that you should never take life for granted, and to respect and obey the laws that were put in place to prevent us from things like this happening.

Ryan Dunn was a hilarious man whose influences stretched far beyond the typical Jackass fan. A friend of mine who I spoke with today shortly after hearing the news texted me the following response on why this loss hurt so bad "(Dunn) was my favorite (of the Jackass guys) because he had that rad beard, rode BMX, and was even on the flow team for Fit (a big BMX company)." In addition to the extreme sports (and extreme idiot) world, Dunn was an original member of CKY crew and starred on a handful of different television shows and movies outside of the Jackass spectrum (Viva La Bam, Home Wreckers, Proving Ground, Dudesons Movie and Haggard, just to name a few). In fact, less than two weeks ago I remember watching him and Steve-o on "Minute to Win It" and I actually caught myself rooting out loud in my living room for them.

A part of my childhood died today, now all we can hope is that people can learn from this tragedy so that no one else has to die this way.

-fresh :(

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