Clay Adler, a model and television personality best known for his role on the one-time MTV reality show Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, committed suicide while hanging out with friends last month.
He was only 27 years old.
The ex-reality star was likely best known for his leading role on the aforementioned series, which premiered on August 13, 2007, and concluded on January 2, 2008.
The program chronicled the lives of several teenagers living in Newport Harbor (an affluent community within Orange County).
It was notable for being structured more like a regular television program than a documentary, despite falling under the reality TV genre.
Newport Harbor the series was crafted as a successor to MTV's popular O.C. reality hit Laguna Beach, which lasted three seasons.
However, Newport itself was axed after two.
Adler appeared on both seasons of the show, taking on the “role” of Grant Newman’s close friend and Chrissy Schwartz’s occasional boyfriend.
As for his untimely demise last month, according to TMZ insiders, Adler and a few pals went shooting in the desert on March 25.
At one point, in the middle of firing off a few rounds, Adler decided to turn the gun toward his own head and pulled the trigger.
He died the following day in the hospital from this gunshot wound; It remains unclear what prompted him to take his own life.
Law enforcement officials tell TMZ that no drugs or alcohol were found in Adler's system, but that he had struggled with mental illness in the past.
After Newport Harbor went off the air, Adler tried to break into the world of acting, earning roles in such films as Make It or Break It and The Fish Tank.
Both were released in 2009.
Adler got started in Hollywood around the same time as Jennifer Lawrence, and the two struck up a little friendship about 10 years ago.
The two posed together on the red carpet in a photo from the 2007 Movieguide Awards that is making the Internet rounds today.
Tragically, this sad news from today is likely what a lot of people will remember most about the promising young man/
Who was Clay Adler to those who knew him best?
We don't claim to know that, but we'll end this post with his official bio, courtesy of his time as an MTV reality star:
Clay Adler is a junior and although shy with girls, he is regarded as Newport Harbor's hottest guy. Born and raised in Newport Harbor, Adler takes full advantage of his oceanfront playground.
Whether he's fishing from his speedboat off Balboa Island or surfing on one of Newport Harbor's famous breaks, Adler catches girls' glances wherever he goes.
Adler's humble attitude belies his looks and he often turns to Grant, his gregarious friend, for a boost of confidence.
While it seems Adler could have any girl he wants, his shyness has kept him from having a relationship.
But when Adler develops real feelings for Chrissy - and she responds accordingly -- it could be his chance to break out.
May Adler, and all the other celebrities who passed away in 2017, rest in peace. They are gone from this world but never forgotten.
We send our condolences to their friends, family members and loved ones.