The former teen heartthrob committed suicide after battling “mental health problems”
Who is Clay Adler?
Clay Adler was an MTV reality star and actor. He was born on 20 August 1989 and was 27 years old when he died. Aged just 17 he shot to fame in 2007 as one of the cast members of MTV show Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, which was a spin off from the successful Laguna Beach.
His chiselled good looks and surfer body gained him instant fame, and he went on to become one of the leading characters.
How did Clay Adler die?
According to TMZ, Clay passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 26 March 2017.
Police sources told TMZ that Clay was with friends on 25 March 2017 when he took his own life after the group had gone into the desert to fire guns, and Clay turned the weapon on himself. He shot himself in the head and died the following day in hospital.
Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved, but told TMZ that he had suffered with mental health issues in the past. On Saturday his family and friends paid tribute the keen surfer with a traditional paddle out ceremony.
An MTV spokesperson told Digital Spy: “We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”
The star’s father Frank confirmed his son’s death was suicide, and admitted Clay would be happy his organs had been donated to save more lives.
“[He’s] already saved about four or five lives,” he told People.
“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.”