Frampton also said that, while Gandee was outgoing and adventurous, some of his recklessness may have been fueled by the MTV show itself.
"'Buckwild' made him famous," Frampton said, "and he took risks that I didn't think he would normally take."
Rescue workers in ATVs and trucks drove back and forth down a gravel road that led to Gandee's home and the nearby four-wheeling trail Monday afternoon. At one point, a bulldozer clanked down the road toward the presumed accident site.
Frampton said that her husband, who worked with Shain Gandee's father, was helping with the rescue effort.
"Today's a senseless tragedy," she said.
Humphreys would not talk about the specifics of the rescue effort.
Gandee was the breakout star of "Buckwild" and the core of the show was in many ways built around him and what MTV portrayed as his wild, country-boy ways.
Referred to by some of the other cast members as a "redneck MacGyver," Gandee was the architect of many of the show's stunts and hijinks, including converting a dump truck into a swimming pool.
Gandee, an avid outdoorsman, eschewed modern technology such as cellphones and computers, had nothing to do with social media and loved taking his truck "mudding," hunting and going four-wheeling.
In the first episode of the show, he took most of the cast out in his pickup truck to go mudding. He blew out his truck's motor, and the group had to be rescued by a friend with a tractor.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident," MTV said in a press release Monday. "We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly."
Staff writer Bill Lynch contributed to this report. Reach Zac Taylor at zachary.tay...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.