Clay Adler, known for appearing on two seasons of MTV’s “Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County,” has died, TMZ reports. He was 27.
According to the outlet, Adler took his own life last month. He reportedly went shooting with some friends in the desert on March 25, law enforcement officials told TMZ. While they were firing, Adler is said to have turned a gun on himself. He reportedly died March 26 in the hospital.
Sources told TMZ Adler had no drugs or alcohol in his system, but noted that he had struggled with mental health issues in the past.
“We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler’s passing,” MTV told The Huffington Post in a statement Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”
A tribute to Adler was posted on what looks to be Allie Stockton’s Instagram page; Stockton appeared on “Newport Harbor” with Adler.
“At a loss for words and truly heartbroken. We love you so much Clay. I do hope you’re in this outfit when I see you again,” the caption reads.
Many of Adler’s friends and family members reportedly gathered at the beach this past weekend and paddled out to sea on surfboards to honor Adler, who was an avid surfer.
Adler also dabbled in acting following his time on “Newport Harbor.” He had small roles in “Make It or Break It” and the TV movie “The Fish Tank.” He also reportedly developed a friendship with Jennifer Lawrence when they were both getting their start in the industry.
The Huffington Post has reached out to MTV for additional details.