Ryan Dunn, the star of Jackass series, is dead but the controversy created by Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert refuses to die.
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who slammed dead 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn for drunken driving, has admitted that he is an alcoholic himself, in the latest development over the Ryann Dunn tweet episode.
My name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic, tweeted Ebert, who is the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Ebert also clarified that he meant those who are drinking and driving are Jackass not Ryan Dunn.
I should clarify: Anyone who drinks and drives is a jackass. That included me in my drinking days. Some are lucky enough to find sobriety, he said.
The tweets caused an outrage and uproar among Dunn's friends, fans and well-wishers, leading to brief removal of his Facebook account.
Dunn's friend and co-star Bam Margera tweeted: About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, f**k you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f****g mouth!
He further said: I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s***t roger Ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents.
Several Netizens blasted Ebert for his arrogance.
A tweet from xRay Burns says: Are you so desperate that you resort to DANCING ON SOMEONE'S GRAVE? For some easy meaningless rhetoric? Ur arrogance=disgrace.
Another tweet from Jimmy Patrick said: stick to movies a**hole. You aren't privy to Dunn's autopsy. Your not f****ing God!
Even then, Ebert refused to apologize and defended his remarks by responding insensitively to blogger Perez Hilton by saying Perez Hilton's readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died.
At last, Ebert apologized for his tweets in his blog and he said his tweet was not meant to be cruel.
Ebert blogged about the situation on his website saying: To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash.
I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true, he added.
Ebert explained that he had no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death.
What I knew before posting my tweet was that not long before his death, he posted a photo on Tumbler showing himself drinking with two friends, Ebert said.
TMZ reported that sources informed Dunn had drunk at least three light beers and three shots between 10.30 pm and 2.10 am at Barnaby's of America bar.
The one-car accident happened on Route 322 around 2:30 a.m., according to Officer Geiger with West Goshen police. The 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 shot through about 40 yards of trees before it hit the last one and exploded into flames, according to police.
Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.
According to the preliminary autopsy report, Dunn's Porsche was riding at a speed of about 130 miles per hour, when it collided with a guardrail.
The film critic famous for his upward and downward turning thumbs stands by his comments on drunk and drive saying, I do know that nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110mph, as some estimated - or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing.
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 told Radar Online. The automobile actually came apart. It was unbelievable and I've been on a lot of fatal accident scenes. This was by far the worst I've ever seen.
Daredevil Ryan Dunn breathed his last early Monday after a fatal car crash in Pennsylvania. During the crash, Dunn's 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 went off a road, crashed in to woods and caught fire. According to police, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township.
Incidentally, Dunn celebrated his 34th birthday last June 11, weeks before his fatal accident last night.