Shain Gandee did not get rich during his brief stint as an MTV reality star — far from it — so his family is turning to his community to help pay for funeral expenses … our sources has learned.
Shain”s cousin, Ashley Gandee, is organizing a memorial “mud run” (an off-road trucking event) to ease the financial strain on Shain”s family in the wake of the “Buckwild” star”s death.
“I know the strain they are going through,” Ashley tells us … adding, “It”s hard to provide a proper burial. It”s already tough with the loss of family members … expenses are tough as well.”
FYI — Ashley was with Shain at the opening of her shop Gandee”s General Store in Crown City, Ohio on Saturday … two days before he was found dead.
Ashley tells us the “mud run” event will take place Wednesday night in Proctorville, Ohio — a town about 50 miles from Charleston, West Virginia where “Buckwild” is filmed.
We”re told there will be a $10 charge for each vehicle — Ashley”s store will also be taking donations.
It”s unclear how much dough Shain made during his career on the MTV show — but as we learned from the “Jersey Shore” situation, the stars don”t usually see a big pay day until AFTER the show becomes a hit. It”s safe to say Shain was probably making a couple thousand dollars at best.
As we previously reported … Shain was found dead in his Ford Bronco Monday in West Virginia — along with his uncle and a male friend — after the vehicle was submerged in mud. Carbon Monoxide poisoning may have been the cause.