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Proving Ground Co-Host Dies in Crash [Update]

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Ryan Dunn, Jackass daredevil and co-host of G4's Proving Ground, died in a Pennsylvania car crash this morning. He was 34.

Dunn's latest show, which co-stars IGN's Jessica Chobot and had the two testing memorable moments in video games, comics, TV and movies, premiered less than a week ago.


Dunn was driving his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 on West Chester, Pennsylvania's Route 322 when he apparently lost control, driving off the road and into the woods. When police arrived about 2:30 a.m. Monday they discovered the car fully engulfed in flames, according to the police report.


Both Dunn and an unidentified passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. West Goshen police say that speed may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Earlier today co-host Jessica Chobot commented on the deadly crash on Twitter:

"Thank you for your condolences. Ryan was a wonderful friend, co-host and a brilliant man. My heart hurts for his family & friends and I will miss him greatly."


Update: Reached for comment Monday afternoon, a spokesman for television channel G4 had this to say:

"All of us at G4 are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news that Ryan Dunn has passed away. Ryan's comedic wit and signature no-holds-barred approach made him an incredible talent and his work as host of G4's Proving Ground was flawless. Ryan will be missed dearly by his legion of fans and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."


Proving Ground, which aired its first episode last week, has been suspended from air until "further discussions can take place," the spokesman said.

More on the crash can be found over on Jalopnik.