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Mom: ‘BUCKWILD’ star a Christian, now in heaven

April 7, 2013 • Entertainment, National News


The body of Shain Gandee is carried from the Charleston Municipal Auditorium after funeral services Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Charleston, W.Va. Shain, 21, and David Dwight Gandee, 48, along with Donald Robert Myers, 27, were found dead in a vehicle near Sissonville, W.Va. last week. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Brad Davis)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For all his on-camera carousing and cussing, “BUCKWILD” reality TV star Shain Gandee was a publicly proclaimed and baptized Christian, and his mother told hundreds of mourners Sunday that she will see him again.

“I know where Shain is,” Loretta Gandee told the family, friends and fans crammed into the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. “He said about a month ago, ‘I know when I die I’m going to heaven.’”

Dressed in a hot-pink “Gandee Candy” T-shirt and jeans, she spoke only a few words but bellowed out an unaccompanied hymn, her voice echoing through the auditorium in prayer for their reunion.

Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle, David Gandee, and 27-year-old friend Donald Robert Myers were found dead April 1 in a sport utility vehicle that was partially submerged in a deep mud pit near Sissonville. They had last been seen leaving a bar at 3 a.m.

Autopsies determined all three died of carbon monoxide poisoning, possibly caused by the tailpipe being submerged in mud. That could have allowed the invisible gas to fill the vehicle’s cabin.

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