MTV Reality Star Clay Adler Dies at Age 27, Father Confirms 'It Was Suicide'
Clay Adler, who starred on two seasons of MTV's "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County," and was friends with Jennifer Lawrence when they were both starting out in Hollywood, has died at age 27.
According to TMZ -- and confirmed by Adler's own father to People -- the young reality star took his own life. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Adler went on a shooting trip in the desert with friends last month. In the middle of firing, Adler is said to have turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head. He died March 26 in the hospital.
Adler's father, Frank, told People "there were no signs" that his son was about to commit suicide, adding that Clay "had been clean for several years." He said the family was able to spend some time with him at the hospital before he died, as the hospital kept him alive a bit longer so he could donate his organs.
"Clay had requested that his organs — and he did this years ago when he applied for a driver's license — that his organs be donated to people." Frank added that his son had "done some amazing things. He's saved about four or five lives already and there should be more. [...] That's a good thing that came out of it. Clay would be thrilled that these people are now living because of him."
Clay Adler was one of the teen stars of MTV's "Newport Harbor" reality series from 2007-2008; the network shared a brief statement on his death:
"We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."
Adler only had two other credits on IMDb, for the TV movie "The Fish Tank," and the TV series "Make It or Break It." The news of Adler's death is only just now starting to spread, but on April 8, his friends and family honored him with a paddle out on Newport Beach. You can see photos at TMZ. You can also see him pose with Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet of the 2007 Movieguide Awards.
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