Roger Ebert wrote yesterday that he should have hesitated before tweeting about the death of "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, a message that prompted an angry backlash and apparently led to the temporary removal of the movie critic's Facebook page, The Associated Press reports.
Dunn, 34, died early Monday in a fiery car crash in suburban Philadelphia. Police say speed may have been a factor in the crash.
Referring to a photograph Dunn had posted on Twitter early Monday in which he is seen drinking with friends just hours before the 3 a.m. accident, Ebert tweeted: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." The photo has since been removed.
Ebert wrote in a blog post Tuesday, "I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly."
The tweet from Ebert, a prolific user of Facebook and Twitter, prompted a landslide of posts, some profane, criticizing Ebert on his Facebook page.
"Jackass" co-star Bam Margera tweeted that Ebert's response to the tragedy was insensitive. "I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day," he said in a pair of angry, obscene messages.
Meanwhile, the Chester County coroner listed blunt force trauma and thermal trauma as the official causes of death for both Dunn and his passenger, Zachary Hartwell. Toxicology results will take four to six weeks to complete, coroner's office spokeswoman Patty Emmons said.