By: Pat Prescott
Published: Jun 27, 2021

Johnny Knoxville Mourns Death Of Ryan Dunn

Still mourning the death of his friend and cast mate, Johny Knoxville spoke at Ryan Dunn’s memorial service last Wednesday. However, in a blog written since Knoxville explains about how he was not satisfied with what he said at the service. He said he was too emotional at the time and couldn’t remember what he really wanted to say. So he took to his blog to make it right.

“I walked to the podium and tried to share memories of my dear friend, but the words were just spinning in my head,” he wrote. “What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry, and I wasn’t even successful at that. I didn’t break down, because I knew [Dunn's girlfriend] Angie or his family didn’t need to see that, but I also didn’t get to properly convey what Ryan meant to me. I won’t be able to do that here either, but I will try.”

“I felt 34-percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did. He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex,” Knoxville remembered “He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really f**king 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.”

“Ryan also had an enormous capacity to love. His friends and family got a lot, but a lion’s share of that went to his sweet and beautiful Angie. If he wasn’t with her he would be talking about her. More times than not he would smile wide through that filthy ass beard of his and say something along the lines of, “How did I ever luck up and land her?” Well, it sure wasn’t because of the way he smelled that’s for sure. (Dunn despised water and rarely bathed.) It was because he had a pure, open heart, and many other qualities of which I am writing about now.”

“You’ll have to excuse me,” Knoxville wrote in closing. “I’m just very sad because I lost my brother and my world got about 134-percent less funny. I don’t know what else to say right now, so I will close with I love you, Ryan. I have a lot of emotions swirling, but I want you to know I love you so very much.

Dunn, died at age 34 in a car crash in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It was found that Dunn’s blood alcohol limit was twice the legal limit at the time of the crash. A passenger, Zachary Hartwell, in the vehicle was also killed.


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