MTV's Laguna Beach spinoff star Clay Adler dies at 27

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Clay Adler – the former star of MTV's reality show Newport Harbor – has passed away at just 27.

The reality star and actor died on March 26, one day after attempting suicide while on a shooting trip with friends in the California desert, according to TMZ.

According to the website, investigators found no trace of alcohol or drugs in Adler's system at the time of his tragic death last month.

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A spokesperson for MTV told Digital Spy today (April 11): "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 ups and downs of Adler's high school years were the subject of MTV's Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, a spinoff of Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari's early reality show Laguna Beach.

Much of the drama of Newport Harbor revolved around popular athlete Clay's on-off relationship with the school's resident overachiever Chrissy Schwartz.

Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County lasted for two seasons on MTV in the US, but never quite attained the success of Laguna Beach or fellow spinoffs The Hills and The City.

Adler would later give acting a chance, making guest appearances in Drake Bell and Lyndsy Fonseca's TV pilot The Fish Tank and guest starring in ABC Family's (now Freeform) gymnastics comedy series Make It or Break It.

Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

If you or someone you know needs help in the US, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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