Clark Gable III Died from Accidental Fentanyl, Oxycodone Overdose

By Paul Gaita 04/15/19

The grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable was found unresponsive in his home on February 22.

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Actor and television host Clark Gable III's untimely death at the age of 30 was due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, as well as oxycodone and alprazolam (Xanax).

Several news sources, including TMZ and the New York Daily News, revealed that an autopsy report from the medical examiner's office in Dallas County, Texas, determined that Gable, who was best known as the host of Cheaters, died on February 22, 2019 from the "combined effects" of the three drugs. 

TMZ also quoted its conversation with Cheaters producer Bobby Goldstein, who said that Gable's drug use was known on set.

Gable III—the grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable—was found unresponsive in his home in Dallas by his girlfriend on the morning of February 22 and transported to an area hospital, where according to the medical examiner's report, he died at 9:11 a.m.

At the time of his death, Gable's passing was credited to undisclosed causes, but in an interview with Radar Online, former girlfriend Heather Chadwell said that they both struggled with addiction during their relationship.

"We were together on-and-off for several years, and during that time, we went through a lot," she told Radar. Chadwell also noted that after their split, Gable called her from the hospital, where he had undergone surgery to treat a stab wound that caused one of his lungs to collapse.

Sources on the set of Cheaters, which Gable hosted in its 13th and 14th season, said that Gable's drug use concerned some crew members to the point that they spoke to producer Goldstein about his health.

Goldstein told TMZ on April 12 that he addressed the issue with Gable, but was told that there was no cause for concern.

At the time of his death, Gable, who had a daughter with his girlfriend Summer in 2017, had either completed or was working on acting roles in several independent features, and was reportedly compiling a documentary about his grandfather, who starred in Gone with the Wind

Gable is the most recent celebrity whose death has been attributed to fentanyl.

Musicians Prince and Tom Petty both succumbed to overdoses caused by the powerful synthetic opioid, as did hip-hop musicians Mac Miller and Lil Peep and Jay Bennett of the band Wilco.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.