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BAM FURIOUS FURIOUS AT ROGER EBERT FOR ACCUSING DUNN of DRUNK-DRIVING JUST HOURS AFTER FATAL CRASH

By CHRIS JOHNSON and NATALIE TROMBETTA

Last updated June 21, 2011

Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn's accident was caused by drink-driving
Jackass star Bam Margera is outraged after film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message, blaming his co-star Ryan Dunn’s fatal car smash on drink-driving.Dunn, 34, died when his sports car flew off the road at around 2.30am on Monday while he was driving to his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, following a night out in a bar with friends.Now his fellow Jackass co-star Margera, 31, has broken his silence after Ebert criticised Dunn hours after the smash, which also claimed the life of another-as-yet unidentified male passenger.Taking to Twitter soon after the news broke, 69-year-old Ebert, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, tweeted: ‘Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.’ A link to a news story about the incident accompanied his comment.

Bam finally went to his Twitter to blast Ebert late last night, saying: ‘I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s**t roger eberthas the gall to put in his 2 cents about a jackass drunk driving and [he is] one, f*** you!”

Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn's accident was caused by drink-driving
Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn’s accident was caused by drink-driving
Wreckage: The charred remains of the Porsche 911 GT3 are towed away as police survey the scene following the smash in Pennsylvania yesterday which also killed another as-yet-unidentified male
Wreckage: The charred remains of the Porsche 911 GT3 are towed away as police survey the scene following the smash in Pennsylvania yesterday which also killed another as-yet-unidentified male

He added: ‘Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f*****g mouth!’

And sources told TMZ that Dunn drank at least three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby’s of America bar before the accident.

Fellow Twitter users were also angered by Ebert’s remarks. One tweeter, @ebertchicago, responded: ‘That was in disgustingly poor taste,’ while another added: ‘Why is this a joke? He is still a person. Have some respect.’

Celebrity gossip blogger waded in to the row too, branding Ebert’s comments in poor taste.

An article on Perez’s blog read: ‘We certainly agree that driving after drinking is wrong, we think there’s no reason – especially RIGHT NOW – that anyone should be pointing fingers or poking fun at a truly tragic situation.

Last picture: Just hours before his death, Ryan (left) tweeted this photograph of him enjoying a night out with friends. It is not clear whether one of the other two men pictured was his male passenger
Last picture: Just hours before his death, Ryan (left) tweeted this photograph of him enjoying a night out with friends. It is not clear whether one of the other two men pictured was his male passenger. 
Outrage: The offending remarks by Ebert on his Twitter page. An autopsy is underway to ascertain whether drink played a part in the accident, but the toxicology results have still not been releasedOutrage: The offending remarks by Ebert on his Twitter page. An autopsy is underway to ascertain whether drink played a part in the accident, but the toxicology results have still not been released.

‘Everyone makes mistake, and this is somebody’s son. Too soon, Roger.’

But Ebert stuck to his guns, merely retweeting Hilton’s article with the comment: ‘Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn.

‘He drank, he drove, 2 people died.’

Police said they found the burning wreckage of Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, which was capable of reaching 190mph, in the woods off the road fully engulfed in flames.

His body was so badly burnt that he had to be identified by his tattoos, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Dunn was the registered owner of the $100,00 vehicle and was driving at the time, according to police.

Uproar: Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton and Twitter users hit back at Ebert over his remarks
Uproar: Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton and Twitter users hit back at Ebert over his remarks

A male passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are awaiting positive identification before releasing the passenger’s identity.

An official report states that a ‘preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.’

The Chester County Coroner was conducting an autopsy on Dunn following the crash to determine if alcohol played a role in his death, TMZ reported.

An autopsy was also being carried out on Ryan’s unidentified male passenger  – although there was no indication of when the results would be released.

It emerged today that Dunn was charged with a drink-driving offence six years ago.

Patrick Carmody, the Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, told RadarOnline that the Jackass star was charged with a DUI in 2005.

He told the website: ‘In 2005, Dunn was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and entered a first offender’s programme that allowed him to clearhis record after a certain period of good behaviour.’

Tire marks at the scene of the fatal crash show where the Porsche careened off the highway, through a metal guardrail and into the woods. Pictures from the scene show the charred remains as a tow truck had to drag the wreckage from the woods.

Yesterday Johnny Knoxville, the leader of the Jackass gang, led the tributes to his former co-star.

He took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss, saying: ‘Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie.’

He ended the post by saying: ‘RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.’

Knoxville later added: ‘Please drive safe and wear your seat belt. Ryan Dunn will be missed. God bless.’

Dunn rose to fame as part of the stunt crew for the MTV show Jackass, which ran from 2000 to 2002.

Investigation: Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident
Investigation: Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident

He was working as a welder and part-time at a gas station when Knoxville, a friend of Bam Margera through the skateboarding circuit, asked to use their videos, which became an instant hit.

Dunn, Margera, Christopher Raab (known as Raab Himself) and Brandon DiCamillo, had started making videos that featured them skateboarding and performing stunts under the moniker CKY for ‘Camp Kill Yourself’, before they found fame through Jackass.

He later featured in Bam Margera’s Viva La Bam from 2003 to 2006 as well as all three of the Jackass movies.

Fellow Jackass co-stars also paid tribute to Dunn today.

Where the night started: Barnaby's in West Chester is the bar where Dunn was drinking with friends before the accident

Where the night started: Dunn spent the evening at Barnaby’s bar in West Chester before the accident

Stephen ‘Steve-O’ Glover was too distraught to speak but later tweeted: ‘I don’t know what to say, except I love Ryan Dunn and I’m really going to miss him.’

Dunn’s name began trending on Twitter soon after the news of the crash broke, with fans and celebrities quickly expressing their condolences.

It was Margera’s mother, April, who first confirmed Dunn’s death by calling into Jackass members Preston Lacy  and Steve-O’s radio show on WMMR 93.3.

She described him as being like a son to her and said he had even called her on Mother’s Day.

A tearful April said: ‘We just found out a few hours ago – it is the worst possible news.

‘I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona but I cannot believe that his friend is dead – I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn had died.

‘Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy – he was like my extra son, everybody loved him.’

Crash scene: Black marks on the road show where Dunn's car skidded out of control
Crash scene: Black marks on the road show where Dunn’s car skidded out of control
Damage: Dunn's vehicle drove through a guardrail and into the woods
Damage: Dunn’s vehicle drove through a guardrail and into the woods
Crowd: News crews and onlookers crowded the site today
Crowd: News crews and onlookers arrived at the the site today following Ryan Dunn’s horrific accident
Tributes: Flower tribute have already been left for the reality star
Tributes: Flower were laid by the side of the road in memory of the reality star who died in the crash

President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group Van Toffler said in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade.

‘He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend,’ the statement continued.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.’

‘He had a longterm girlfriend and she will be absolutely devastated – she has turned off her phone just now.

‘It’s just so sad we cannot believe Ryan has gone – I’m too upset to say anything else just now.’

April said she is ‘worried’ about her son, adding that he is ‘devastated’ by the death of his firmed.

Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at age 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met Margera on his first day of high school.

Sports car: Dunn pictured in his Porsche 911 GT3 with a female companion on June 12
Sports car: Dunn pictured in his Porsche 911 GT3 with a female companion on June 12
Police report: The Chief of Police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, notes the 2007 Porche was discovered 'fully engulfed in flames'
Police report: The Chief of Police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, notes the 2007 Porche was discovered ‘fully engulfed in flames’

‘I’m very Sad and Shocked to hear about Ryan Dunn,’ friend and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden Tweeted. ‘My thoughts&Prayers are with his Family.’

Reality TV star Brody Jenner wrote:’Just heard about Ryan Dunn… So sad.. #RIPRYANDUNN.’

Dunn was famously involved in a golf cart accident during the filming of the first Jackass movie during which Johnny Knoxville was injured.

Devastated: Dunn's co-star Johnny Knoxville took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of his friend and posted this picture of the star
Devastated: Dunn’s co-star Johnny Knoxville took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of his friend and posted this picture of the star
Grieving: Jackass star Steve-O posted this message on his Twitter page today
Grieving: Jackass star Steve-O posted this message on his Twitter page

He was driving the golf cart with Knoxville as a passenger when he tried to launch the vehicle over a sand bunker.

Knoxville was thrown from the cart which then landed on top of him, knocking him out.

He also had a one-season run with a show of his own Homewrecker, which saw him help practical jokes victims get revenge.

Dunn also appeared in the Jessica Simpson film Blonde Ambition and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.

Most recently, he hosted Proving Ground on the G4 cable network.

The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass
The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass

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· Do you think Black Magic will be his best work to date?

· 50 previously wrote on Twitter that he isn’t going to drop another album until his label, Interscope Records, gets on board with his vision.

AND…

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· This will be his third literary effort. Curtis previously released 2005’s From Pieces to Weight and 2008’s The 50th Laws of Power.

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· In case you forgot, Remy shot a woman after they got into an argument over three-thousand dollars.

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· Master P has six children, but only four are minors.

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When cops arrived at the scene, Nivea had “bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled like alcohol.” Nivea told police she only had 3 drinks earlier in the evening … and didn’t see the bright yellow crime tape and the traffic cones directing cars away from the downed tree.

Nivea was eventually arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and reckless driving. We’re told the child in the car was not injured and was released to Nivea’s boyfriend.

Lil Wayne’s baby momma was later arrested and taken to Fulton County correctional facility for driving under the influence.

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· About hitting the milestone, Jessie wrote on Twitter, “Yyeaaahh son!! That’s crazy!”

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