MTV News can confirm that 34-year-old Dunn was hanging out with his friends at the bar Barnaby’s of America in West Chester, Pennsylvania, before he died. “Apparently, he was himself; he didn’t seem intoxicated. He seemed like he was having a good time, hanging out with his friends,” a Barnaby’s employee told MTV News on Monday afternoon. Dunn had tweeted a photo of himself, which has since been pulled, hanging out at the West Chester bar before he fatally crashed his car.
The Barnaby’s worker further noted that Dunn “only had a couple beers here. As far as we’re concerned, the biggest thing, our hearts go out to the family and friends, and his loss is a big loss to our community. The biggest thing we’re worried about is his friends and family.”
Dunn didn’t come to Barnaby’s to party, the employee said; he often just was there to catch up with his pals. “He came in probably once a month just to hang out and see some people. You might see him twice a month. He wasn’t a big partyer. He wasn’t one of those guys. He was always quiet and kept to himself.”
According to a press release and police report posted online, Dunn was identified as the driver of the 2007 Porsche, which belonged to the “Jackass” star. Another unidentified passenger also died in the crash. According to the report, speed may have contributed to the accident. When police arrived on the scene, Dunn’s vehicle was on fire and in the woods.
Local police hadn’t responded to MTV News’ request for further comment by press time, despite several phone calls to the West Goshen Township police department.
Dunn’s G4 show “Proving Ground” has been pulled off the schedule, a network rep confirmed to MTV News. According to the rep, “The show has been suspended from air until further discussions can take place.” In a previous statement, the network said, “All of us at G4 are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news that Ryan Dunn has passed away. Ryan’s comedic wit and signature no-holds-barred approach made him an incredible talent and his work as host of G4′s Proving Ground was flawless. Ryan will be missed dearly by his legion of fans and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”