Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Jackass Copycat Dies... Fatal Stunt Nothing to Do With 'Jackass,' Says MTV star Here's a bit: MTV star Johnny Knoxville is distancing himself and his "Jackass" series from an alleged copycat incident in Ohio in which a teen was killed. College freshman Adam Ports, 18, died after falling from a moving pickup truck in a stunt possibly inspired by the television show "Jackass," authorities said. Knoxvillian P.J. Clapp, who took the name Johnny Knoxville, co-created and starred in the series that debuted in 2000 for a one-year run. Ports and three fellow students at Tiffin University set a chair on fire and threw it from the back of a moving truck Tuesday night while friends photographed the stunt. Ports then jumped or fell from the truck as it sped away on a country road, officials said. He died Wednesday from head injuries."