Clark James Gable, known professionally as Clark Gable III, has reportedly passed away. An aspiring actor and the grandson of world famous actor Clark Gable, the former Cheaters host died Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Officer confirmed the news. After being found unresponsive in the morning, Gable was immediately given medical attention, but there was no saving the young TV star with such a promising future. He was only 30 years old.
Some members of Gable's family have taken to social media to express their grief over the loss of the young actor, who still had so much potential. "It is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark," Gable's mother posted on Instagram, telling her son she will always be next to him. The actor's sister Kayley Gable also confirmed Clark's passing, offering some details about his death in a Facebook post. "My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn't wake up," she says in the heartbreaking message. "I LOVE YOU CLARKIE I'm so sorry we couldn't save you my heart is broken and shattered RIP."
Gable's namesake comes from his very famous grandfather, the legendary actor Clark Gable. Many decades ago, the first Clark Gable forever became one of the most famous screen actors of all time by appearing in multiple hit movies. Some of his most prominent roles include parts in Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Teacher's Pet. Gable's iconic line in Gone With the Wind, which has him uttering the words, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," in the climax of the movie, has been quoted and spoofed almost nonstop in the decades since the movie's release. Gable died at the age of 59 in 1960 due to complications from a heart attack.
Perhaps Clark Gable III's most well known role came from hosting the reality TV series Cheaters for two seasons. The controversial hidden-camera show had a premise based on catching cheating spouses and significant others red-handed. Despite some concerns over the show's validity, it has remained on the air for many years, now running for 17 total seasons. As with the other hosts of the show, Gable's role was to mediate the confrontation when the camera crew confronts these cheaters in the act. He didn't serve on the series as long as his predecessor, Joey Greco, but Gable seemed to take to the role well in the three years he spent working on it.
Some of Gable's work will still make it to the small screen posthumously, as he had been busy in the weeks leading up to his death. He had finished shooting for the comedy-drama Heckle and was actively filming scenes for the crime series Sunset at Dawn. We'll never know if Gable would have reached the same heights as his namesake, but the sky was the limit for the promising talent, and it's nothing short of tragic to see him pass at such a young age. This information comes to us from Variety.