MTV reality star Clay Adler commits suicide at 27

Former MTV reality star Clay Adler is dead at 27 after an apparent suicide.

The "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County" star shot himself on March 25 during a trip to the desert with friends, law enforcement officials told TMZ.

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The group of friends had driven into the desert to go shooting, where Adler suddenly turned his gun on himself and shot himself in the head. He later died at a hospital. There were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time, though TMZ reports that he had a history of mental illness.

See photos of Clay Adler throughout his life:

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV Personality Clay Adler inside the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood at Vibiana on September 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Actor Clay Adler arrives at the BPM Culture Magazine 12-Year Anniversary party, held at the Avalon nightclub on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
Actor Clay Adler arrives at the Teen Vogue young Hollywood party held at Vibiana on September 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Actor Clay Adler arrives at the BPM Culture Magazine 12-Year Anniversary party, held at the Avalon nightclub on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 28: Actor Clay Adler arrives at the premiere of MTV's 'The American Mall' held at the Cinerama Dome on July 28, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BAL HARBOUR, FL - MARCH 07: Television personality Clay Adler attends Destination Fashion 2009 to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at Bal Harbour Shoppes on March 7, 2009 in Bal Harbour, Florida (Photo by Logan Fazio/WireImage)
Clay Adler, with Perry Ellis bag, attends Melanie Segal's Emmy House on September 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 14: TV personality Clay Adler arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. '17 Again' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 14, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MIAMI - MARCH 07: Television personality Clay Adler arrives at the Destination Fashion 2009 at the Bal Harbour Shops on March 7, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for The Miami Project)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 07: Clay Adler attends Auto Club Speedway's Pepsi 500 at The Roosevelt Hotel on October 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Clay Adler attends the Pixie Press Launch And 'About Face' Book Release at The London Hotel on February 11, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage)
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During his two seasons on "Newport Harbor," Adler was known as the big man on campus and a ladies man. After the show, which aired in 2007, Adler made a brief run at a career in Hollywood, appearing in "The Fish Tank" and "Make It or Break It" in 2009.

He also struck up a brief friendship with Jennifer Lawrence during her early days as an actress.

Adler's friends and family paddled out into the water at Newport Beach last weekend to honor his life. See photos of the moment on TMZ.

UPDATE: MTV has since released a short statement in response to Clay Adler's death:

"We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler's passing," the network said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

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