Shain Gandee's love for off-road driving cost him his life.

Shain Gandee’s love for off-road driving cost him his life.

Shain Gandee’s death has left his family in a lurch. They’re appealing to the public for money to help bury Shain and pay funeral expenses. Doesn’t it seem like MTV should cover the costs?

Gandee, 21, was found dead yesterday (Mar. 31) along with his uncle David Gandee, 48, and a friend Donald Robert Myers, 27.

Their bodies were found inside Gandee’s Ford Bronco half buried in mud in a remote area of Kanawaha County, W. Va., near the town of Sissonville. So far no ruling has been made on the cause of death, although both alcohol and carbon monoxide poisoning have been cited as possible contributing factors.

The truck was finally pulled from the mud yesterday by a bulldozer. It was found by friends who went searching for the men, after they’d gone missing for more than 30 hours. They were last seen at a Sissonville bar Saturday night.

Driving off-road at night was one of Gandee’s passions and was featured on the first season of MTV reality show “Buckwild.” The show focused on the lifestyles of Gandee and seven friends. Apparently, the show didn’t air long enough for Gandee to accumulate any wealth.

Shain’s cousin, Ashley Gandee, made the appeal for money. Among other things, she’s organizing a memorial “mud run” to raise money to cover funeral expenses.

“I know the strain they are going through,” Ashley told gossip site TMZ. “It’s hard to provide a proper burial. It’s already tough with the loss of family members … expenses are tough as well.”

The event is slated for Wednesday (Apr. 3) in Proctorville, Ohio, about 50 miles from West Virginia’s capital, Charleston.

According to the latest police statement, Shain’s body was found behind the wheel of the truck, stuck in deep mud. The truck was slightly tilted toward the passenger’s side with the tailpipe and muffler buried in the muck.

Autopsies are scheduled to determine the cause of death, the statement said.