MTV Cancels Buckwild After Shain Gandee's Death

With its West Virginians partying hard and playing harder, Buckwild became a breakout hit for MTV in its first season and was poised to fill the void left by Jersey Shore.

But after the carbon monoxide-poisoning deaths of cast member Shain Gandee and two others while driving their SUV through the mud, MTV has canceled the show.

Shain Gandee's Family: He Died Doing What He Loved

Shain Gandee died while “mudding,” a passion he displayed while starring on MTV’s Buckwild.

Gandee’s cousin, Ashley Gandee Lewis, 32, describes it as a “country sport” when you “go in clean and come out covered in mud. People make mud holes. They kill up the ground and take the grass off the top. They take a water hose and soak the ground until it gets completely muddy. The more you play, the dirtier you get.”

Shain Gandee Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As friends and fans mourn the loss of Shain Gandee, authorities say the Buckwild star and two others died due to toxic exhaust fumes filling their stuck-in-the-mud SUV.

The 21-year-old reality TV personality, his uncle and another man who has not officially been identified were found unresponsive in Gandee’s Bronco on Monday morning, after being reported missing since early Saturday morning.

“Foul play has been ruled out,” Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper of West Virginia told PEOPLE on Tuesday.

Shain Gandee, MTV Buckwild Star, Dies

A search for Buckwild star Shain Gandee and two others ended with the trio found dead in his car in West Virginia, authorities say.

“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident,” an MTV rep said in a statement. “We are waiting for more information, but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends.”