The 30-year-old actor had reportedly battled addiction prior to his death.
Television host and actor Clark Gable III, whose grandfather was iconic Hollywood actor Clark Gable, died on February 22, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
Variety confirmed with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office that the 30-year-old Gable, who was the host of the TV show Cheaters, was found unresponsive in his home in Dallas by his girlfriend that morning and transported to an area hospital, where he died from undisclosed causes.
In an interview with Radar Online, an ex-girlfriend of Gable’s claimed that he had suffered from substance abuse issues. Heather Chadwell claimed that he had struggled with addiction during the course of their relationship.
“We were together on-and-off for several years, and during that time, we went through a lot,” said Chadwell. Gable would disappear for “days on end,” which strained their relationship. “We were battling our own addiction issues, and it was too much.”
Chadwell also said that after the pair split, she received a call from a hospital where Clark was being treated for a stab wound in his lung. The lung later became infected and collapsed, according to Chadwell, and required surgery. “It was just so hard on him, and it was hard to watch him suffer.”
Gable’s mother, Tracy Scheff, told Radar that she learned about her son’s death from his girlfriend, Summer, with whom he had a daughter in 2017. “I got a call from his girlfriend, and I didn’t even know what she was saying, she was so hysterical,” said Scheff. Gable’s sister, actress Kayley Gable, posted a tribute to her sibling that same morning.
“My brother was found unresponsive this morning… I love you Clarkie, I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you,” she wrote. “My heart is broken and shattered.”
In 2011, Gable served six days in jail for pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter as it flew above Hollywood Boulevard. He later apologized for the incident and said he was glad to have served his time and be “able to set an example.”
At the time of his death, Gable was reported to have appeared in a feature film, Sunset at Dawn, which also featured his father, John Clark Gable. He was also reportedly working on a documentary about his grandfather, who starred in such films as Gone with the Wind.