Clay Adler, a young actor who got his start on the MTV reality TV series entitled Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The reality star and actor was just 27 years old at the time of his death, which happened during a desert trip with his friends. After news of his suicide spread earlier today, MTV released the following brief statement.
"We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Clay Adler had gone on a trip to the desert to do some shooting with his friends on March 25. While in the middle of firing, Clay Aldler took the gun, turned it on himself, and fired a shot into his head. The late reality star passed away from the gunshot wound in the hospital on March 26. The site's sources claim that Clay Adler had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his passing, but the site claims that he struggled with mental health issues in the past.
The MTV reality series Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County ran for just two seasons between 2007 and 2008 created by Liz Gateley, who has worked on hit MTV reality shows such as Teen Mom, The Hills and The City. After the show went off the air, Clay Adler starred in a CBS pilot called The Fish Tank, where he had a small role alongside Drake Bell, Andrew Caldwell, Lyndsey Fonseca, Faith Ford and Dash Mihok. The pilot, which was created by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ('Til Death), followed a teenager who had the house to himself five days a week, but i wasn't picked up by CBS. The late actor also guest-starred on a 2009 episode of Make It or Break It, and he was also said to be very close friends with Jennifer Lawrence, who were both coming up through the industry at the same time.
Clay Adler was also an avid surfer, and it was reported that, over the weekend, a group of his friends and family members honored his memory with a "paddle out" in Newport Beach. Another report just surfaced from Clay Adler's father, who confirmed that his son did commit suicide, but added there is a silver lining to this tragedy. Clay Adler was an organ donor, and his organs have already saved a few lives already. Here's what Frank Adler had to say in a statement about his son.
"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. (He has) done some amazing things. He's saved about four or five lives already and there should be more."
Frank Adler added that there were "no signs" that Clay Adler was going to commit suicide, stating that he had been "clean" for several years. He added that his son was kept alive a bit longer in the hospital, so his organs could be donated, and his family was by his side the entire time. He added the hospital told him that Clay Adler donated more than any other donor they had seen, since his "internals were in such phenomenal shape". Frank Adler had already laid his son to rest last month.