Johnny Knoxville spoke from a podium at Ryan Dunn‘s funeral service last week, but he also wanted to share his thoughts with the world of his Jackass co-star/best friend who was tragically killed in a car accident one week ago. Johnny posted an emotional, heartfelt tribute to Ryan on his website.
In the post “in memory of ryan, pt. 2 — from knoxville with love,” Johnny explained how he could barely pull himself together enough to honor Ryan at his funeral.
“What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry,” he writes in the tribute.
Read a portion below.
I felt 34-percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did. He had such a hair trigger laugh reflex. He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really f***ing 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.
He wasn’t incapable of seriousness, though. Ryan was a great listener. If you were having troubles, he was always someone you could go sit down and talk to. Granted, most of our sitting down was actually standing up playing pool together, but he was always there if you were sad about something. That’s why all this is even harder because right now I really need to talk to him but I can’t.
Ryan was killed early last Monday morning after his Porsche flew over a guardrail, hit a tree and burst into flames in West Goshen Township, Penn., around 2:30 a.m.
His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash, which killed him and his passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell.
His fellow Jackass stars have been grieving his loss in different ways — Bam Margera paid an emotional visit to the crash scene and Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna honored his pal permanently with a tattoo of Ryan’s face on his leg.