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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Was a Budding Columnist

JackassRyan Dunn was buried a few day ago, after dying in a fiery car crash last week in his home town of West Chester. Some of his fellow Jackass stars have been writing online tributes to Dunn in the days after his funeral. Below is a piece of Johnnie Knoxville‘s post, who writes he was so upset at the funeral he couldn’t properly offer parting words to his friend.

At Ryan’s memorial Wednesday night in West Chester, people were invited up to the microphone to say a few words about his life, whatever they were feeling at that moment. I walked to the podium and tried to share memories of my dear friend, but the words were just spinning in my head. What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry, and I wasn’t even successful at that. I didn’t break down, because I knew Angie or his family didn’t need to see that, but I also didn’t get to properly convey what Ryan meant to me. I won’t be able to do that here either, but I will try.

Dunn, incidentally, had a run as a columnist for his local Chester County Daily Local News. His writing was comic and ranting and probably better suited to the Internet. But he was entertaining enough that if we lived in his town we would have picked up the paper every week.

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Roger Ebert Stands By Controversial Tweet

Roger Ebert has been taking some heat for the Tweet above, which alludes to the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn. Dunn died in a high speed car accident Monday morning, after an night of drinking with friends. Many felt that Ebert’s Tweet was salt in the would for those grieving Dunn’s death.

Ebert explained his position in his latest column:

I don’t know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly. I do know that nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110 mph, as some estimated — or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing. That is especially true if the driver has had three shots and three beers. Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?

Ebert’s Facebook page was also taken down this morning in response to anonymous complaints, likely from those angry over the Dunn controversy. Ebert’s page has since been restored, but it serves to further Facebook’s flawed policy of “Censor first, ask questions later.”

Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dies in Car Crash

Ryan Dunn, probably the most mild-mannered of the Jackass stars, died early this morning after a crash which killed both himself and an unidentified passenger. Police at the scene told TMZ when they arrived Dunn’s car was “fully engulfed in flames.” Dunn had been driving. He was only 34.

TMZ also reports that hours before the crash Dunn tweeted photos of himself drinking with friends. So far, police are only citing “speed” as a possible reason for the accident.