MTV reality star Clay Adler shot himself and ended his life on March 25. He was 27.


Adler appeared on two seasons of Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County in 2007 and 2008. Adler had gone out with some friends to the desert and were shooting when suddenly the actor turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head.

He died March 26 in the hospital of the gunshot wound. Sources say there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time, but Adler has suffered a history of mental illness.

Frank Adler, Clay’s father, told People that “there were no signs” that his son was going to take his life, and that Clay “had been clean for several years.”

The actor was kept alive at the hospital in order to 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 said, adding that Clay 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.”

He was an avid surfer, so his friends and family paid tribute to him at Newport Beach last weekend.

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