Yes, he really is dead, unfortunately. There are rumors going around that it was a prank, but they are untrue. Also, people are saying that it was caused by drunk driving, however the employee serving Dunn at Barnaby's said he was only served three beers and three shots of liquor during the four hour period he was there and did not seem intoxicated when he left, and if he had been intoxicated they would not have allowed him to drive. The employee also stated that Dunn frequented the bar about once or twice a month, not to drink and party, but to catch up with friends from the area. Also, the police report does not list it as a DUI and states that excessive speed was most likely the cause of the accident.