Overcome with emotion and unable to show his feelings while speaking at Ryan Dunn’s memorial service last Wednesday, Johnny Knoxville wrote a blog post to his late friend and “Jackass” co-star, who died in a car crash last week.
In the post, Knoxville spoke of Dunn’s “enormous capacity to love” his friends and family as well as his fun personality.
“I felt 34-percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did. He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex,” he wrote. “He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really f*cking loud, too, and it wasn’t uncommon that he would fall over from it. Sometimes I would fall with him because his spirit was very contagious.”
But while Dunn was capable of making everyone laugh with him, Knoxville also spoke out on his friend’s serious side.
“Ryan was a great listener. If you were having troubles, he was always someone you could go sit down and talk to. Granted, most of our sitting down was actually standing up playing pool together, but he was always there if you were sad about something. That’s why all this is even harder because right now I really need to talk to him but I can’t.”
You can read the full post here.
The Jackass star, who had a high blood alcohol level of .196 when he crashed his Porsche in rural Pennsylvania, was driving at least 130 miles an hour.
According to a toxicology report released by West Gosh Township Police Wednesday, Dunn, 34, was driving drunk when he and passenger Zachary Hartwell passed away in the crash. Dunn’s blood-alcohol level, which was one-fifth of his total blood supply, was twice the legal limit for Pennsylvania drivers.
Dunn’s Jackass pal and co-star Bam Margera, visited the crash site on Tuesday and broke into tears when he spoke to a news a crew.
“I’ve never lost anybody that I care about,” Margera, 31, said. “And it’s my best friend.”
“He was the happiest person ever,” Margera continued. “He was the smartest guy. He had so much talent. He had so many things going for him. It’s just not right.”
Ryan Dunn was always one of my favourites from the Jackass series. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way. May he rest in peace and may all of us take this as a lesson to not drink and drive in the future.