Ryan Dunn, star of MTV TV and film franchise Jackass, was killed in a car crash early on Monday morning.
The 34-year-old and another passenger died at about 2.30am local time when the car they were travelling in hit a tree and burst into flames in West Goshen, Pennsylvania.
Dunn was identified by his tattoos, according to a witness who was on the scene when the bodies were pulled from the wreckage.
The mother of Dunn’s Jackass co-star Bam Margera reportedly called a local radio station to confirm that he was killed in a car accident.
Dunn was one of the stars of Jackass, the MTV show in which he and a group including Margera and Johnny Knoxville conducted crude, ridiculous and often dangerous pranks and stunts.
Jackass ran for three series on MTV from 2000, followed by three movies and several spin-off shows.
And sources told TMZ that Dunn drank at least three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby’s of America bar before the accident.
Just hours before the accident, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself with two male friends, all of whom were holding what appeared to be alcoholic drinks.
Police said they found the burning wreckage of Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, which was capable of reaching 190mph, in the woods off the road fully engulfed in flames.
His body was so badly burnt that he had to be identified by his tattoos, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Dunn was the registered owner of the $100,00 vehicle and was driving at the time, according to police.
Police are awaiting positive identification before releasing the passenger’s identity.
An official report states that a ‘preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.’
The Chester County Coroner was conducting an autopsy on Dunn following the crash to determine if alcohol played a role in his death, TMZ reported.
An autopsy was also being carried out on Ryan’s unidentified male passenger – although there was no indication of when the results would be released.
It emerged today that Dunn was charged with a drink-driving offence six years ago.
Patrick Carmody, the Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, told RadarOnline that the Jackass star was charged with a DUI in 2005.
He told the website: ‘In 2005, Dunn was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and entered a first offender’s programme that allowed him to clearhis record after a certain period of good behaviour.’
Tire marks at the scene of the fatal crash show where the Porsche careened off the highway, through a metal guardrail and into the woods. Pictures from the scene show the charred remains as a tow truck had to drag the wreckage from the woods.
Yesterday Johnny Knoxville, the leader of the Jackass gang, led the tributes to his former co-star.
He took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss, saying: ‘Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie.’
He ended the post by saying: ‘RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.’
Knoxville later added: ‘Please drive safe and wear your seat belt. Ryan Dunn will be missed. God bless.’
Dunn rose to fame as part of the stunt crew for the MTV show Jackass, which ran from 2000 to 2002