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Ryan Dunn: Coroner confirms cause of death for 'Jackass' star, passenger

June 21, 2011 |  5:18 pm

Ryan Dunn and the "Jackass" team

Blunt force and fire claimed the lives of "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn and his passenger in a single-car crash early Monday in Pennsylvania, a coroner's report officially noted Tuesday.

Blunt force trauma and thermal trauma were given as the official causes of death for Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30. Dunn's 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 burst into flames after going off the road around 2:38 a.m.

Toxicology reports will come back in four to six weeks, a coroner's spokeswoman said. While police on Monday cited excessive speed as a possible factor in the crash, photos surfaced of Dunn and Hartwell out drinking Sunday night at Barnaby's of America pub in West Chester, Pa.

Barnaby's manager told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Dunn had been drinking with friends but didn't appear to be drunk. Sources told TMZ that Dunn had intended to take Hartwell home before meeting  another friend.

The car might have been traveling more than 130 mph in the 55-mph zone when it jumped a guardrail, flew into a wooded ravine, struck a tree and burst into flames, police told Radar Online on Tuesday.

"I've never seen a car destroyed in an automobile accident the way this car was even before it caught on fire," West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said. "The automobile actually came apart."

"Proving Ground," the G4 series in which amateur daredevil Dunn re-created stunts from movies and video games, was put on indefinite hiatus Monday, according to Deadline.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Ryan Dunn, bottom left, in 2010 with the rest of the "Jackass" team at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. Top row, from left: Jeff Tremaine, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Preston Lacy. Bottom row, from left: Dunn, Bam Margera, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Dave England and Ehren McGhehey. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

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