EXCLUSIVE: ‘Cremate him – he’s not going in my family’s plot.’ Son of Clark Gable has refused to pay for his own son’s funeral or to let him be buried at Forest Lawn for disgracing the name of the legendary actor, spawning family war
- The grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable died Friday morning
- Clark Gable III, 30, was discovered dead in his bed by his fiancée in Texas
- His father, John Clark Gable – Clark Gable’s son – is refusing to pay for the funeral
- John’s daughter Kayley, 32, posted a message he sent to her saying: ‘Cremate him he’s not going in my family’s plot and I’m not paying for anything’
- Kayley said her father hung up on her when she called about her brother’s death, and said John is a ‘druggie’ who ‘tortured us’ and ‘did drugs in front of us as kids’
- Their mother Tracy said her marriage with John ended due to his drug problems
John Clark Gable, the son of Hollywood legend Clark Gable, is refusing to pay for his own son’s funeral
The son of Hollywood legend Clark Gable has refused to pay for his own son’s funeral or let him be buried in the Gable family plot, according to shocking text messages posted online.
Clark Gable III, the movie star’s 30-year-old grandson, was found dead in his bed by his fiancee last Friday.
His sister, Kayley Gable, 32, said she called her estranged father, John Clark Gable, 57, to tell him about the tragic news.
But she claimed he ‘hung up’ on her and sent a vitriolic text message, which she posted on Facebook.
‘I’m sorry for your loss. This is what I want. Cremate him he’s not going in my family’s plot and I’m not paying for anything,’ John wrote in a text.
The family’s plot is located at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, where Clark Gable is buried.
‘All of you use my Fathers name in disgrace and you don’t want me to go to the media believe me. Leave me and my Father out of this drug mess. There are no services on my end. Kayley is to never call me. Sorry for your loss I’m done it’s just that simple. Respect my wishes.’
In her Facebook post, Kayley shot back at her father claiming that he ‘tortured us’, ‘got us high’ and ‘did drugs in front of us as kids’.
Clark Gable III, 30, was discovered dead in his bed by his fiancée Friday. He’s pictured with his sister Kayley, 32, in an undated photo
John’s estranged daughter Kayley posted this message to Facebook that her father sent her where he refused to pay his son’s funeral expenses and said Clark III would not be buried in his family’s plot
Gable III was the only grandson to Hollywood legend Clark Gable, pictured above in the American classic Gone With The Wind
‘I’m sorry, as my brother is in a coffin I’m standing up for him, as I always have, and the world needs to know the truth. I’m putting this out before you start telling lies,’ she wrote.
‘John F*** YOU!! Your (sic) the one who got us high on drugs and did drugs in front of us as kids and tortured us and especially Clark so I’m going to write a book and let the world know the truth!! Im Disgusted I’m related to you! bring it ON!!!!! your (sic) the druggie!!!!’
Kayley also posted a page from a back copy of a celebrity magazine from around 2006 showing photos of her father leaving a courthouse to head to rehab with what appear to be several needle marks on his arm.
DailyMail.com attempted to reach John for comment about his daughter’s claims.
Drug problems have dogged the family, Clark’s mother, Tracy Scheff, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview on Friday.
John’s brother died age 27 of an overdose, and his girlfriend’s death in 2012 was linked to prescription medication.
Scheff said although her son’s cause of death is not yet known, he had previously struggled with drug addiction, as had all four of her children, including her 17-year-old son who is now one year sober.
Kayley also posted a page from a copy of a celebrity magazine from around 2006 showing photos of her father leaving a courthouse to head to rehab, which branded him ‘Clark Gable’s Druggie Son’
This childhood photo shows Kayley and Clark III, who struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. Many members of their family also battled drug addition, including father John
A family photo shows John with his ex-wife Tracy and daughter Kayley before their marriage ended due to his addiction problems
Scheff revealed that Gable had sought therapy for addiction in the past, and several members of his family had struggled with drug abuse.
She said her marriage with Clark’s father John ended over his addiction problems. The bereaved mother also revealed Clark’s three siblings have had issues with drugs.
‘My current husband, we’ve been together 27 years, and he’s 32 years sober. It’s a struggle that is real,’ she said.
‘I have four children, all of them have struggled,’ Scheff added. ‘I have two younger boys with my current husband, Jason. I think one of them’s fine, he just likes to party, but the baby has struggled. He’s got a year sober, he’s 17 and doing great.
‘I have a daughter that’s seven months pregnant. She’s doing great now, but she’s struggled too.’
‘John F*** YOU!! Your (sic) the one who got us high on drugs and did drugs in front of us as kids and tortured us and especially Clark,’ Kayley (pictured as a child with brother Clark) said of her father
Spitting image: He was the only grandson of the famed American actor Clark Gable who was known as ‘The King of Hollywood’ and starred in classics like Gone with the Wind, Mogambo and Call of the Wild. Clark Gable pictured left and Clark III pictured right
Kayley shared this picture following his passing on Friday, writing: ‘I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered RIP’
A colleague of the late 30-year-old also told DailyMail.com that Gable had used drugs.
Bobby Goldstein, Cheaters creator and show Executive Producer, said that he was aware Gable took drugs but said it never affected his work.
‘While it’s true I have heard from others that Clark indulged in drugs, of the many years, almost a decade I’ve known him I never saw him on drugs,’ he said.
‘Clark was a beautiful boy, he was a beautiful soul. He was the spitting image of his grandfather on screen and I’ve never thought of him other than the most earnest, kind, loving friend and it’s been a great pleasure to work with him.
‘He was a great colleague and a great host on Cheaters.’
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