Jennifer Lawrence is said to be heartbroken following the death of Clay Adler. The 26-year-old actress had been friends for years with MTV reality star Clay, who tragically took his own life while out shooting with friends in the desert on 25 March. Jennifer and Clay became close when they were both auditioning in Hollywood. Clay went on to star in two seasons of Newport Harbour: The Real Orange County, a spinoff of Laguna Beach. Jennifer, who attended the Movieguide Awards with Clay in 2007, saw her career skyrocket, winning an Oscar in 2012 for Silver Linings Playbook.
Jennifer Lawrence is said to be 'heartbroken' over the death of friend Clay Adler
A source told HollywoodLife.com: "Clay brings Jennifer back to her humble beginnings and hearing that he took his own life really has made Jennifer feel heartbroken. It is really sad because she remembers him fondly and never wants to hear anything like this happen to anyone, especially to someone she once knew very well."
Clay's father Frank has since spoken out about his 27-year-old son's death. He told People that Clay has already "saved about four or five lives" as an organ donor, adding that he is thankful that "out of every bad thing, a good thing" can come. He also said there had been "no real signs" that his son was struggling, confirming that Clay "had been clean for several years".
Clay tragically took his own life, aged just 27
Frank revealed that in the wake of his son's death, a number of people "have gotten in touch with us already in complete thankfulness – and incredibly grateful and incredibly sorry for our loss. But unbelievably grateful that they're able to continue living. Clay would have been thrilled to know that."