Cause of Death Revealed for Clark Gable III, Report Says

April 12, 2019 Updated: April 12, 2019

The cause of death was revealed for the grandson of legendary silver screen actor Clark Gable has been revealed. He was 30 years old.

Clark Gable III died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, reported TMZ, citing the Dallas County medical examiner. He also had oxycodone and generic alprazolam (Xanax) in his system when he died.

The examiner said his time of death was 9:11 a.m. on Feb. 22, the report said. Gable had a history of abusing alcohol, marijuana, and Xanax.

Clark Gable's grandson, Clark Gable III, died from an accidental overdose on the same drug that killed Prince … and several others.

Posted by TMZ on Friday, April 12, 2019

His fiancée found him unresponsive in bed.

Gable is best known as being the grandson of the “Gone With The Wind” actor, who died in 1960. However, reports a the time of his death said he was an aspiring actor in his own right and was the host of “Cheaters.”

His father, John Clark Gable, is the only son of Clark Gable, the legendary actor.

American film star Clark Gable (1901-1960) reading the novel “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. His greatest role was that of Rhett Butler in the MGM film adaption of the book. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

He was filming in Dallas when he died, and his family told TMZ that he had no prior health issues.

“Cheaters” creator Bobby Goldstein said he never saw Gable use drugs, the news outlet also reported.

“It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote at the time of his death, according to an Instagram post. “He passed this morning. I will always be next to you my beautiful son. Mom.”

His sister Kayley Gable issued a statement about his death, saying, “My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up .. I LOVE YOU CLARKIE I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered RIP.”

Clark Gable was an Oscar-winner in “It Happened One Night,” and appeared in other classics such as “Mutiny on the Bounty and “Run Silent, Run Deep.”

Prince, Lil Peep, Tom Petty, and Mac Miller are among several celebrities who have passed away due to fentanyl overdoses.

Prince performs in Las Vegas
Prince in a file photo. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Fentanyl Epidemic

In August, President Donald Trump urged the Senate to pass a measure to stop synthetic opioid drugs such as fentanyl from being transported into the United States via the U.S. Postal Service system.

“It is outrageous that Poisonous Synthetic Heroin Fentanyl comes pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China,” he wrote on Aug. 20.

Tom Petty in a file photo. (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

“The shipment of fentanyl from China to the U.S. is “almost a form of warfare,” Trump said in August.

“In China, you have some pretty big companies sending that garbage and killing our people,” Trump said at the time.

More than 71,500 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to data released the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

dea fentanyl from china
The Drug Enforcement Administration depicts the flow of illicit opioids from China into the United States in a recent report. (DEA)

The majority—or least 68 percent—of those deaths could be attributed to opioids such as fentanyl.

“[Chinese drug makers] have been using the internet to sell fentanyl and fentanyl analogues to drug traffickers and individual customers in the United States,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a statement on Oct. 17, 2017.