(ARTSBEAT.BLOGS.NYTIMES) — MTV has suspended production on its reality series “Buckwild” in the wake of news that one of its most popular cast members, Shain Gandee, was found dead on Monday.

Details about Mr. Gandee’s death remained unclear on Monday, though several news reports said he had been discovered along with two other men, one of them his uncle, in an all-terrain vehicle near his home in Sissonville, W.Va.

CBS News reported that the men were last seen at 3 a.m. Sunday in a bar and had told other patrons that they intended to do off-road driving. In the “Buckwild” series off-road driving, which the characters called “mudding,” was central to several of the episodes. The show, which chronicled the daily adventures of a group of young adults from rural West Virginia, had been called “Appalachian Jersey Shore” by some reviewers.

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