Heaven Just Got A Little More Ryan Dunn

By Gabe Delahaye / June 20, 2011

One time I asked my friend Lindsay why everyone was so upset about a particular obituary post on the site when in theory every obituary post should have the same level of gravity and/or inappropriateness* to it, and she said it was because the person who died was not an old person passing sweetly into the hereafter, but a young person who died tragically, and that therefore saying “heaven just got a little more” seemed crass or at least particularly ouchy. That makes sense, I guess. I will say this: the death of Ryan Dunn from Jackass at just 34 years old is definitely ouchy. From TMZ:

Dunn and an unidentified person both died in the crash which happened around 3 a.m. at Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. It’s unclear who was driving the car.

Just hours before his death, Dunn posted a photo on Twitter showing himself drinking with friends.

Man, that is a bummer. I mean, people die horribly and tragically in car accidents by the hundreds on a daily basis and don’t get national attention for their equally meaningful passing, but there’s nothing we can do here to resolve that particular problem. But just because it’s equally sad when it happens to anyone, doesn’t mean that it’s not also sad when it happens to a famous person. Ryan Dunn was one of the more compelling members of the Jackass gang, which is genuinely one of the most compelling gangs out there. This stinks! Total Bummer Town.

R.I.P. Ryan Dunn. You will be missed. You are in heaven now, shoving toy cars up the angels’ butts.

*The inappropriateness I am referring to here is the deep emotional imbalance that comes from anyone’s complicated and complete human life coming to its final conclusion and then being discussed not just on this pop-culture website, but any pop-culture website, in the midst of everything else the site is discussing, which is mostly farts and people fall down stairs. It’s weird and sad always, but what are you going to do? NOT blog about it? Be realistic.